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Volume 18, No. 2

January 24, 2013

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MANZANITA - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host an informational meeting at the Pine Grove Community House, in Manzanita, Thursday evening, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. to answer questions about proposed recreation changes on the Nehalem Spit coming in

See SNOWY PLOVER, page 6

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Above: As dredging continues along Nehalem’s waterfront west of Deer Island, concern has grown as to where the dredge spoils will eventually end up, and whether a popular fishing hole may disappear. Photo by Dave Fisher. Inset: At low tide last week, an island, made up of dredge material, appeared above the water line on the Nehalem River, close to shore and above the bridge crossing the river. The white ball marks the beginning of the dredge “spoils”, or deposited sediment. The diameter of the white dredge ball appears to be approximately 24 inches and suggests the top of the dredge spoils protrudes about 12 inches above the water. Photo by Ralph Thomas

Dredging along Nehalem’s waterfront causes a stir, literally and figuratively By Dave Fisher The Citizen

As dredging of the Nehalem River continues along the City of Nehalem’s waterfront, concerns have

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been raised as a “new island” comprised of dredge spoils has been created, an island that is clearly visible at low tide. Many question the removal of river-bottom mud

from one area and depositing it elsewhere in the river. The process is known as in-stream or water-on-water disposal, a process approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Oregon and Tilla-

mook County of Engineers as part of the extensive application process undertaken by the Port of Nehalem. Port Commissioner Rick

See DREDGING, page 6

Blue outlined area shows the proposed “dog on leash” area of Nehalem spit to protect nesting snowy plover.

Rinehart Clinic celebrates 100 years of history

Editor’s note: This year, The Rinehart Clinic celebrates 100 years of providing healthcare services in north Tillamook County. The North Coast Citizen will publish a monthly historical profile or vignette about the clinic’s founders, history, and stories from past patients and employees. Enjoy exploring the history of The Rinehart Clinic and its many contributions to the community. Here is the first profile, submitted by The Rinehart Clinic, of founder Harvey E. Rinehart, MD.

Clinic founder Harvey E. Rinehart, a leading citizen of north Tillamook County According to a Dec. 13,

1928 profile in the Wheeler Reporter, “Dr. H. E. Rinehart, physician and surgeon … might easily be considered one of the outstanding personalities of Tillamook County.” Harvey E. Rinehart, MD, and his wife, Ella, arrived in Wheeler in 1913 at the behest of mill owner C. H. Wheeler to work as the mill physician and establish a hospital/ clinic. Dr. Rinehart was born in 1885 in Summerville, Oregon to Dr. Willard E. and Dr. Belle C. Rinehart. He started his education at Oregon State College where he was a star football player and received his medical degree from the University of Oregon medical school in 1913. Upon their arrival in Wheeler, Dr. and Mrs. Rinehart learned

Rinehart Clinic staff, front (from left): Ethel Perkins, Louise Seepka, Dr. Harvey Rinehart, Kate Waterhouse, Tiki Dick, Edna Wright and Ed Hatch. Back (from left): Stuart Scott, Juanita Steiner, Edna Richter, Eleanor Bangs and Helen Hatch. Courtesy photo This made their first months that the mill would close for of blackberries and clams that in North Tillamook County a several months, undergoing first year.” challenge, and as Ella Rinehart a retrofit that would double Over the following decades, related to her grandson, Harry production with the instalH. Rinehart MD, “We ate a lot lation of a new larger saw. See RINEHART, page 5

Structural integrity of privately owned bridges poses concern for fire district By Dave Fisher The Citizen

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The failure of four privately owned bridges in Oregon since 2004, two of which involved fire apparatus crossing them, has the Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue District taking a closer look at least four such bridges in north Tillamook County within the district’s boundaries. In one instance, a private citizen was killed in one of the bridge failures. “It’s something we need to address sooner than later,” NBFR District Chief Perry Sherbaugh said at a special workshop in January for the benefit of property owners whose property can only be assessed by crossing a privately owned bridge. “It puts our folks in harm’s way and could lead to the loss of service to district patrons,” Sherbaugh added. “As bridges age, they can become a liability issue not only for the fire district but the bridge owners as well.” To avert disaster, the NBFR District board is studying a policy in which pri-

vately owned bridges must be inspected every five years or as stated in the report by a certified bridge inspector. Upon receiving the report, the fire district would post the load limit, updating it with each subsequent report as needed. “We’re still working out the details,” said NBFR District Board President Bob Forster of the policy Sherbaugh hopes to present to the board at its February meeting. Already approved, as an added incentive to get the inspection process underway as soon as possible, is a onetime contribution from the fire district to property owners of $500 per bridge inspection to help defray the cost. Made available to the dozen property owners in attendance at the workshop was a list of bridge inspectors recognized by the Oregon Department of Transportation, with the cost of bridge inspections shown ranging from $500 to $4,000. While Sherbaugh acknowledged that some of the privately owned bridges are most likely in good shape that may not be the case for others. Of the four such bridges

This wooden bridge leading to residences near Manzanita is one of four or five privately owned bridges the Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue District wants to have inspected to determine its load capacity. Photo by Dave Fisher located within the district and the possibility of a fifth bridge off Hwy. 53, the flat rail car

bridge on Anderson Rd. is a concern because of its age. The problem, Sherbaugh

noted, is that rail car bridges become available when the railroad retires them. They’re not new and, while they might have had a load capacity of up to 110,000 lbs. at one time, there’s no guarantee that is still the case, particularly when used in a bridge application. Additionally, fire apparatus over the years has gotten heavier. A 1984 Class A engine owned by the district weighs 12 tons while the 1997 version registers 19 tons. The new water tender the district purchased shortly after it was formed weighs 32 tons when full. In a worse case scenario, depending on the load limit of a bridge, the district might not be able to respond to an emergency with its heavier vehicles. Property owners will know in advance if, after receiving bridge inspection reports, the district will be unable to respond in certain emergencies. “Homeowners will receive a letter advising them that we will not cross their bridge if it poses a danger,” said Sherbaugh. “If we can’t get there, we can’t help.”


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Entering its 11th year, LNCT transitions into a professionally managed organization Lorraine Ortiz

With the appointment of Erich Miller as executive director of the Lower Nehalem Community Trust last July, the nonprofit organization took the first step from being managed by a board of directors to one more driven by a professional staff. The transition received a shot in the arm when the LNCT received the news a few months later in November that it was a recipient of $28,000 in funds from the Oregon Advancing Conservation Excellence year-one program to help build organizational capacity of land trusts throughout Oregon in 2013. Grants were made possible by a philanthropic Oregon family, the Gray family, whose YARG (gray spelled backwards) Foundation made a $4.5 million contribution to help those land trusts in Oregon that are conserving land important to their communities. “It was a matter of two things coming together at one time,” said Miller, who has been with the Trust since 2009, first as a 15-hour-per-week office administrator and then as coordinator. “The Trust has grown by leaps and bounds acquiring four new properties (about 40 acres) and continues to expand existing programs.” In addition, membership grew dramatically in those few short years. Financial support has increased dramatically, said Miller, as has the annual operating budget, most of which comes through member donations, fundraising efforts and grants. “The beauty of this latest grant is that there will continue to be money out there for the next five years at least after which time the program could be renewed,” said Miller of the multi-year program spearheaded by John Gray, who died last October leaving a legacy of philanthropy focused on education, health and

the environment in Oregon. “Oregon land trusts are poised to make a big impact on the quality of life for all Oregonians,” said Nick Walrod, a Gray family member. “Land trusts have proved that they know how to conserve land for the economic, social and environmental benefit of their communities for generations to come. My grandfather’s hope was that this will be a cornerstone and help bring further recognition to land trusts and the fundamental role they play in our communities and state.” The funds received will also allow LNCT to do important strategic planning work, which will be facilitated by Neahkahnie resident Sarah Johnson, a non-profit consultant who retired from her 22 years as executive director of Portland’s Young Audiences, a national 501(c)(3). The Lower Nehalem Community Trust is part of a growing fabric of Oregon land trusts and just last year celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since 1995, the number of land trusts in Oregon has increased by 35 percent. These land trusts have saved 22 times as many acres, increasing from 2,356 acres to 53,386, or more than half of

the acreage in all Oregon state parks combined. From coastal estuaries in Nehalem to the Wallowas, Oregon land trusts work to protect the land in which Oregonians depend for their livelihood and help define the state’s unique character and beauty. They are part of an extensive network of over 1,700 land trusts across the country that has collectively protected over 47 million acres. LNCT now protects over 100 acres of land in Wheeler, Nehalem and Manzanita and looks to add more. The Trust is currently engaged in a capital campaign to fund its most recent acquisition, Zimmerman Marsh in Wheeler, 2.9 acres of critical salt-marsh habitat that is contiguous to the estuary and essential to its health and an active salmon run. The Trust has a $10K challenge grant to meet by March 31, 2013 to fund the purchase. Currently, 60 percent of that has been raised to meet the challenge. LNCT now owns two parcels in Wheeler – the eight-acres Vosburg Creek site on the south end of town, and Zimmerman Marsh, three acres on the north end, bringing the total acreage in conservation in the town to 11 acres.

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High Quality Preventive Healthcare Erich Miller, executive director for the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, and part-time office assistant Jill Thurston will be counted on by the LNCT Board to take on a bigger role in managing the organization as it enters its second decade. Photo by Dave Fisher

Manzanita Public Safety Log Jan. 6 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (50/30 mph) in Nehalem. Jan. 6 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (42/25 mph) in Wheeler. Jan. 6 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (44/25 mph) in Wheeler. Jan. 7 - Issued a citation for driving uninsured in Manzanita. Jan. 7 - Responded to a commercial alarm in Wheeler. Jan. 8 - Responded to a non-injury MVA in Manzanita. Jan. 8 - Assisted OSP and ODOT with a road hazard on Hwy 101 on Neahkahnie Mountain. Jan. 8 - Assisted TCSO with a suspicious circumstance in Nehalem. Jan. 9 - Responded to a residential alarm in Manzanita. Jan. 10 - Took a report of attempted fraud in Manzanita. Jan. 10 - Responded to a civil issue in Manzanita. Jan. 11 - Issued a citation for no operator’s license in Manzanita. Jan. 11 - Responded to a report of fraud in Manzanita.

With the recent LNCT acquisition of Zimmerman Marsh, a 2.9-acre parcel just north of Wheeler, its land holdings now total over 100 acres in Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler. Photo by Dave Fisher

Jan. 11 - Responded to a situation concerning juveniles in Bayside Gardens. Jan. 11 - Responded to a report of attempted burglary in Manzanita. Jan. 12 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (44/25 mph) in Wheeler. Jan. 12 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (34/20 mph) in Manzanita. Jan. 12 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (40/25 mph) in Wheeler. Jan. 12 - Issued a citation for fail to carry proof of insurance in Wheeler. Jan. 12 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (48/25 mph) in Wheeler. Jan. 12 - Responded to a MVA in Nehalem. Jan. 12 - Assisted TCSO with a disturbance in Nehalem. Jan. 12 - Responded to a disturbance in Manzanita. Jan. 13 - Issued a citation for illegal stop/ stand/park in Manzanita. Jan. 13 - Issued a citation for no valid operator’s license in Wheeler. Jan. 13 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (43/25 mph) in Wheeler. Jan. 13 - Responded to a report of an un-

wanted person in Bayside Gardens. Jan. 14 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (43/25 mph) in Wheeler. Jan. 15 - Responded to an incomplete 911 call in Manzanita. Jan. 15 - Assisted TCSO with an attempt to locate in Wheeler. Jan. 16 - Responded to two reports of a possible prowler in Manzanita. Jan. 17 - Assisted Tillamook Ambulance and Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue with a medical call in Manzanita. Jan. 18 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (54/30 mph) in Nehalem. Jan. 19 - Issued a citation for violation of posted speed (43/25 mph) in Wheeler. Jan. 19 - Responded to a report of an unwanted person in Wheeler. Jan. 19 - Responded to a report of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and theft in Manzanita.

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Wheeler content to let county take down its siren By Joe Wrabek For the Citizen

Wheeler’s mayor and city councilors were sworn in Jan. 15, during the city’s regularly scheduled city council meeting. City Manager Jeff Aprati swore in re-elected Mayor Stevie Burden, who subsequently swore in new councilors William Mullen and Virgil Staben, who had been elected in November, and councilor Dave Bell, who had been appointed Jan. 9, 2013. The council elected Loren Remy as council president. Staben and Mullen have both served on the city council before. “This is the most experience we’ve had at this table in a long time,” said Burden. Councilor Karen Matthews, who was re-elected in November, wasn’t at the meeting. She’ll be sworn in at the council’s February meeting, Burden said. Chief issue for the

council that night was the disposition of the city’s tsunami siren, located on a pole next to city hall. “The county is willing to remove the siren and pole for free, but we have to give permission,” Aprati told the council. The siren is owned by the city of Wheeler, but has been operated and maintained by Tillamook County, he said. “If we keep it, we’re responsible for maintaining it,” Aprati said. “We don’t have the expertise to do that.” New Councilor William Mullen objected to getting rid of the siren. “I don’t see Seaside or Cannon Beach rushing to get rid of their sirens,” Mullen said, questioning the wisdom of replacing sirens with a system based on an airplane and people’s ability to give warnings. “If we polled people in Japan (where a tsunami occurred in March 2011) they might say some funny

things to us.” “I think it’s a common sense thing,” Bell said. “If you feel it (the earthquake), run. If you hear about it, you’ve got time. I agree with the idea of pulling it (the siren) out,” he said. “We’ve moved on.” Staben and Remy agreed with Bell. “We’re not against the sirens, we’re against the maintenance,” Remy offered. The equipment is antique, Staben said. The council voted 3-1, with Mullen voting no, to accept the county’s offer to remove the siren and pole for free. Tillamook County’s Information Services crew is removing sirens one by one, starting at the south end of the county.

Those elected, re-elected and appointed to the Wheeler City Council include, from left: Dave Bell, Mayor Stevie Burden, Bill Mullen and Virgil Staben.

Familiar faces preside over Nehalem City Council meeting By Pat Edley For the Citizen

During the Jan. 14 Nehalem City Council meeting, City Manager Dale Shafer reported that a letter from KCDA Purchasing Cooperative had changed the city’s plans to be included in the current contract. Nehalem was not a member before November 2010 and therefore not eligible, meaning the city will be going out to bid on some phases of the new city hall project. Reporting on the Charter Communications agreement, Shafer said that, while the city had been collecting fees for the consortium, there had been problems collecting from some consortium members. Therefore, a different billing system has been set up.

An agreement with Charter has not been reached to date. In other business, the council approved the #9 timber sale, an approximately 30-acre tract to the south of the 2011 harvest area. It is also adjacent to the current blow down area. It is to be sold in March, and the logging season will be from June to September. The sale is estimated to bring in over $400,000 to Nehalem. A survey of weekend on call time/payment for city public works employees, among other Oregon cities, showed that those time/payment schedules were mostly the same as Nehalem’s. As a result, Nehalem plans no changes to their schedule. In other council business, Emily Holt, the new

assistant city recorder, was introduced, and Mayor Shirley Kalkhoven and re-elected council members Angela Hanke and Dale Stockton took the oath of office. Liquor license renewals for Bayway Tavern, Nehalem Food Mart, The Pizza Garden and Wanda’s Cafe & Bakery were approved. Of the four tsunami sirens in the Nehalem area, all four are to be disconnected and removed by the county in March it was reported. Harwood Square, next to the Sanitary Authority building, is due for an update, including repairs to the gazebo and added benches. The next meeting of the Nehalem City Council is scheduled for Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The “new” (re-elected) faces on the Nehalem City Council: Councilor Angela Hanke, left; Mayor Shirley Kalkhoven, center, councilor Dale Stockton, right. The three were sworn in at Nehalem’s city council meeting on Jan. 14. City manager Dale Shafer administered the oath of office to Kalkhoven, and then Kalkhoven swore in the councilors. Photo by Joe Wrabeck

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Longtime local Kirby, Gibby, & the Homer Hanky area resident Lin Smith turns 100

Lin Smith, who has lived for the past four years at Lee’s Manor adult foster care facility near Manzanita, celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 21 with a family lunch at the Big Wave Cafe. Lin was a longtime resident of the Tillamook area and a charter volunteer at Tillamook County Hospital, where she totaled 6,700 hours over 23 years and trained many other volunteers. She was born Linda Peck. Her mother died in childbirth when Lin and her twin, Josephine, were born on a farm in Fincastle, Va. The doctor said Lin probably wouldn’t live more than 30 days. The girls were reared on the farm by a grandmother and Lin and Jo rode a horse, Old Bob, to school in town about a mile away. Lin loved playing basketball in high school. After going to secretarial school, she met her future husband, George “Smitty” Smith, when she stopped to give a soldier a ride in the early 1940s. She followed him when he was posted to El Paso, Texas, and remained there, working as a hospital medical secretary, when Smitty shipped overseas to North Africa and Italy in World War II. They were married in Norfolk, Va., in 1944. After the war, Smitty began a long career as a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1958, the family was posted to Baghdad, Iraq, but later that year Lin and their young son Steve were evacuated to Italy during a military coup. In 1959 the family was posted to Ghana, West Africa, where they initially

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Lin Smith lived in a remote village 75 miles from the nearest phone. When Smitty was out in the bush working, he sometimes would have his staff relay messages to Lin through the ancient method of “talking drums.” They left Ghana in 1962 and Smitty went to work as soils expert in Coquille. In 1966, they moved to the Tillamook area, living first in Netarts and later, in the mid-’70s, moving to a house they built near Oceanside. Lin worked as a secretary in the guidance counseling office of Tillamook High School and later for the local office of Oregon’s Children’s Service Division. Lin and Smitty’s son Steve died in an apartment fire in Eugene in 1989. Smitty, who retired in 1977 after 36 years of service with the federal government and nearly 12 years in soil work for Tillamook County, died in 1997 at age 78. Lin’s twin, Jo, also is deceased. Lin spent about four years at Five Rivers assisted living facility in Tillamook before moving to Lee’s Manor near Manzanita in December 2008.

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Seven weeks… that’s all that bleachers were a sea of white remains before the phrase “pitch- as fans exuberantly flailed their ers and catchers report” takes on ‘Homer Hankies,’ a 1987 tradimeaning. As Ducks and Beavers tion that spread like wildfire as fans take a well-earned rest, my the Twins kept winning. Instead thoughts turn to spring with the of indicating surrender, these optimism of an obsessed baseball were a call to action. We had fan and how I got there. seats in left-field, good for catchIn 1987, the Minnesota Twins ing Twin’s homers and throwing weren’t considered back those of the Tigers. championship-caliber. The Twins fell beBeing a Twins’ fan was hind early, but there was an emotional rollerentertainment to be had coaster; you stoically elsewhere. The Detroit hoped for the best, while left-fielder was Kirk outwardly lamented the Gibson, a famously worst. Minnesotans haintense player who bitually looked ahead to always hurt the Twins. football season. But they That night, however, he started well and Minwas fodder for the fans. Living nesota was intrigued. I The taunting that GibThe was intrigued. Up to that son endured was of a Dream point, my baseball dabgraphically adult nature, bling consisted of being akin to William WalDan Haag left off an after-school lace’s army mocking the team for “throwing like British in “Braveheart.” a girl.” I didn’t owe baseball While no neophyte to profanity, I anything. was amazed at the creative phrasThat changed in August 1987. ings being tossed around. This I was dating a girl who, unlike wasn’t Yankee Stadium, where me, was a die-hard Twins fan. fans used expletives in greeting. When she invited me to attend a This was Minnesota, the paragon game against the Detroit Tigers, of Midwestern propriety. I accepted more to impress I asked my girlfriend’s brother her than through any sense of why Gibson was the focus of team spirit. We crammed into a ridicule. “He’s dating a stripper,” paneled station wagon with her he remarked casually. mother, father, brother and grand“That’s not true,” her grandmother, they in their baseball mother declared. “He married caps and gloves, me wondering one!” No one seemed to know what I had gotten myself into. the exact truth of Gibson’s The fans at the Hubert H. personal life, but it centered on a Humphrey Metrodome were stripper. True or not, it was makrabidly edgy. The Twins entered ing the left-field grapevine. The August with a slim divisional Twins mounted a rally and Giblead, while the visiting Tigers son’s love-life took a momentary were baseball royalty. The backseat.

Watching the news on a typical January happening with that team as they took their Sunday morning there was a great amount place in the old Pacific Coast League. of discussion and commenting on the curThe coach of that Seattle Rainier team rent professional championship playoff was Jack Lelivelt. He put together a team that football games that were grabbing all the went on to win several championships. I can headlines. Along with the games, in what remember many of the players right off the I guess has become an annual event, they top of my 82-year-old head. Dick Barrett were talking about the seven team coaches was a pitcher, Dick Gyselman was played and several general managers that had lost second base, Edo Vannie was shortstop. In their jobs for various reasons, with the main the outfield was the mighty Mike Hunt, who one being they had a losing season. was the team’s home run king. Another hero From time to time, we listen to owners was Fred Hutcheson, a pitcher and outfield and general managers of various football player. He was both a winning pitcher and teams talking about their feeling of one of the leading home run family and how much they enjoyed the batters. support of their fans. In many cases I found out that Dick Gyselthey have fired several coaches that they man lived down the street from brought in to improve their chances of my aunt and uncle’s home and winning. I suppose it is all a natural hapwhen we went there to visit I pening and everyone gets well compenwould walk down the street and sated, even if they get kicked out of the sit on the fire hydrant looking at family. that sacred home where he lived. I suppose the events mentioned are I don’t think he ever came out old news to most sports fans and they The Old when I was there, but that didn’t are all left up in the air as they try to remake any difference. Geezer member why they ever supported those My dad came home from Walt losers who were now looking for work. work one day and announced Trandum I am sure that individual relationships that he was going to be getting with their sports’ heroes are second to some seats for an upcoming their feelings about their loved ones, Rainier’s ball game and they with the family ties being less susceptible to were box seats right behind the catcher. I being canceled. guess you know that I let every kid in our For some reason, all this heavy thinkgrade school know that I was going to be going made me remember my first love in ing there some day soon. Some kids told me team sports. It was the Seattle Rainier that behind first base was better, but I knew baseball team that was formed when I they were just jealous. The only thing wrong was about eight years old. They replaced with this memory is that I can’t remember if the Seattle Indians that had been around they won that wonderful night that we actufor many years. My dad was a baseball ally went to the game. I have a hunch they pitcher and played from about 1910 until lost and my mind kind of blacked it out. 1935. He told me that he had tried out for For those of us who seldom, if ever, got that Seattle Indian team. But there wasn’t to go to a Rainier’s game, we could listen to much money to be made and he was dothem being broadcast on the radio by a man ing pretty well in the semi-pro leagues. named Leo Lassen. The home games were He was an expert on the game and would play-by-play and we even listened to the point out his opinion about what was audience sing America during the seventh-

inning stretch. He told every thing that was going on and got really excited when there was a good play or a key home run scored. I can still hear him yelling, “Back, back, back…” as a ball soared towards the fence. We would all join in with the clapping and glee when a run was scored. Another thing that I still marvel at was listening to the games when the team was on the road. That announcer, Leo Lassen, would broadcast the game from a ticker tape that was being fed to him in the studio. He would pace his comments as if he was watching the game. He would throw in such remarks as the pitcher picking up the rosin bag and even wiping his brow. He would comment on the weather and the noise that crowd was making as our team was winning the game away from home. I discovered a wonderful article about Leo Lassen on the Internet. If you ever want to enjoy a night with a hometown hero, give it a read. The whole meaning of this story is to recall when the numbers were smaller in the salary department and the players were actually loved in their community. Even though the Coast League was not the top of the pile, those players and coaches were greatly appreciated. Another marvel of those days was that as we all listened to Leo Lassen and our minds produced the pictures and the atmosphere that he was sending our way. I still wish I could remember if we won that night when I was behind the catcher, but that creative mind that led me through all those make believe games just doesn’t want to remember! I am sure there are many sports fans that surpassed my meager experience so long ago and they are more in tune to what is happening these days. It is too bad that those managers have become the goats of every team with a losing record, but I guess that is what keeps the sports merry-goround spinning.

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huge red 34 emblazoned on his jumper. A father and son to my left furiously waved a handmade sign proclaiming “Puckett for President!” There was no doubting the love Minnesota held for their squat swatter. He swung at the first pitch so hard I thought he would drill himself into the turf. It was widely known that Kirby always swung at the first pitch, even if it was six feet over his head. This only endeared him to the fans more. He swung at the next pitch, planting it two rows behind me for the lead. Puckett rounded the bases in what resembled a skip, shouting something resembling “wheeeeeeee!” High-fives smacked their way around the dome in a frenzy of reddened palms. The wind from the swirling Homer Hankies threatened to flatten the scowling Kirk Gibson. The Twins won that night, eventually winning the World Series. I left the Metrodome with a bounce in my step. The street was full of delirious screaming fans. I waved my newly purchased ‘Go Twins’ banner and felt myself part of an exclusive community, linked by Homer Hankies and a sense of shared accomplishment. The Twins had played the game, but hadn’t we willed them to victory? I wanted to skip like Kirby Puckett rounding the bases but restrained myself out of fear that Kirk Gibson might be lurking somewhere nearby waiting to exact bloody vengeance on unsuspecting Twins’ fans. Just seven more weeks.

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A double fell beyond Gibson’s reach, plating the tying run. He stoically returned the ball to the infield while comments about his association with employees of the exotic dancing industry rained down on him. I imagined steam whistling from his ears like Elmer Fudd after he realizes Bugs Bunny has escaped again. I hoped that the Homer Hankies would keep my face covered so that if Mr. Gibson glanced into the stands, he wouldn’t fix his building rage upon me. The game was tied at six in the later innings and the noise swelled beyond what an eardrum should tolerate. The dome seemed to move up and down with each round of cheers like a giant mechanical lung. The first Twins’ batter of the inning drew a walk and the dome’s speakers blared out the Bangles’ “Walk like an Egyptian.” This, to me, was the height of cleverness. Then a PA announcement boiled like a tsunami over the crowd: “Now batting, the center fielder, number 34….. Kirrrrrrrrrrrbyyyyyyy PUCKETTTT!!!!” We were no longer in a baseball stadium. We had been transported to an enormous tent revival, waving and hollering to be saved. Kirby Puckett was the face of the Twins. He looked nothing like a baseball player; he was stubby and short, but had the energy of a kid on a playground. He loved baseball and Minnesota loved him. A young mother nearby hoisted her infant, bouncing him back and forth. The baby gurgled joyfully and I noticed the

Snowy Plover protections

The article in the Jan. 10 North Coast Citizen, Oregon Parks and Recreation is holding public meetings regarding Snowy Plover Management Plans. While these agencies can promote their agenda they should be more honest and forthright about the actual processes of amendment to those plans. The Nehalem Bay State Park Master Plan already has a protected Snowy Plover habitat area at the end of the spit, as Amended in 1986. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Agency and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department have been planning to expand the protected site for Snowy Plover at Nehalem Bay State Park by some 700 percent from its present designated level of protection since 2005. An interesting fact about Nehalem Bay is that there has never been a confirmed sighting of Snowy Plover anywhere on the Nehalem Bay spit or beach. The growth of Snowy Plover in Curry County, South Oregon Coast has been predominantly due to the relocation of the Snowy Plover into the area by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The designation of Significant Natural Resource Sites and those being afforded protection in Oregon is an inventory and amendment process through State mandated land use planning. Oregon’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan is comprised of Acknowledged County and City Plans and state and federal agencies are subject to its provisions as are the people of this state and nation. The Tillamook County Comprehensive Plan provides the legal framework and process for expanding protected habitats and/or limiting public access to Oregon’s Beaches. In 2005, 2006, and 2007 The USFW Service and OPRD were both informed that to expand the Snowy Plover protected habitat on the Nehalem Bay Spit or anywhere else in Tillamook County it would need to prepare and apply for an Amendment to the Tillamook County Comprehensive Plan. Once an application is filed it will receive land use consideration under due process; public notice, public hearings and action through the Tillamook County Planning

Commission and Tillamook County Board of Commissioners. All parties of record in the proceedings have appellate rights. Neither the USFW Service nor the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department have any authority to change or modify Snowy Plover Habitat without processing a proposal for alteration of the protected habitat. Here we are again, with the USFW and OPRD striding forward endeavoring to “sell” their plan to the coastal communities, irrespective of public law and land use authority. Is it that they ‘just don’t get it’? Land use planning in Oregon was achieved under the leadership of Tom McCall, one of the compelling facts of that effort was to protect and preserve the publics right and access to Oregon beaches. Now, decades later, federal and state agencies are once again endeavoring to alter public lands management without due process established under law. The citizens and communities of Oregon deserve to have the acknowledged land use laws and public processes that are in place to protect the

greater public interests followed, especially by federal and state agencies. Bill Campbell Manzanita

What does the American flag mean to you?

Historically the American flag has been a symbol of many different things to different people. It’s considered a symbol of liberty and freedom. It’s often displayed on government and public buildings. Sometimes it’s used in a decorative sense on storefronts or along parade routes. Never having been a member of the armed forces, I can only imagine the feelings evoked when a family member or buddy comes home in a coffin draped with the American flag – the ultimate sacrifice. As the City of Manzanita perhaps contemplates placing holders for displaying flags along Laneda Avenue on special holidays, we might pause for a moment and reflect upon the question: “What does the American flag mean to me?” Jeanne Mueller Manzanita


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Calendar of Events both sweet and savory pies made by some of the best pie bakers in the lower Nehalem Watershed and Neahkahnie Mountain Can you think of anything better to do region and surrounding communities. on a winter Saturday night than attend an These delicious pies will be auctioned off event starring pie and a guest auctioneer by beloved and long-time local Claudia who loves the stars? The exciting fifth Johnson, who will add her love of the stars annual Pie Day Auction/Feast hosted to the event. Those successful in by Lower procuring a pie from the auction Nehalem can safely tuck them away and Commupartake in the final slice of fun, nity Trust and the pie feast. Food Roots, will be Food Roots providing pies of all kinds for Pie will take place Day revelers to enjoy. on Saturday, The doors open at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 26, at so bring your pie loving friends, 7 p.m., at get a good seat and prepare for the Nehalem an evening of delicious winter Bay United fun. Proceeds from this event Methodist will further the work of the two Church, 36050 hosting non-profits; the Lower er ne io ct au y Pie Da 10th Street Nehalem Community Trust, a local n. Claudia Johnso in Nehalem. A land conservation organization, $5 suggested dona(www.nehalemtrust.org) and Food Roots, tion gets you in the door for an exciting, a community food organization supporting fun-filled pie auction and an all-you-canlocal food and farm awareness, production eat pie feast. Yes, all-you-can-eat pie! This and access on the north coast, (www. family-friendly event is an annual fundraiser foodrootsnw.org). for the two organizations designed to bring The event is made possible, in part, by the community together for the fun of pie Unfurl of Manzanita, an eco-fiber clothing buying, pie eating and honoring pie as a boutique, that supports a healthy comslice of the American Dream. munity, and TLC Credit Union, committed The lively pie auction will also feature to the coastal communities it serves.

For more information about the event, call (503) 368-3203 or (503) 812-2800.

Hoffman Center presents Festival of Short Films Jan. 26

The Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will host a showing of “The Best of the 38th Northwest Film & Video Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. Admission is $7 and snack concessions will be available for purchase. The collection of short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its annual juried film festival. The total running time is about one hour. Center regional services manager Thomas Phillipson and filmmaker Rob Tyler will attend the screening to discuss the features and the Film Center itself. The films to be screened are: • “Basin,” by David Geiss, Victoria. (Images of the once pristine landscape of northern Alberta scarred by industrial development compel us to take environmental action.) • “Old-Time Film,” by Barbara Tetenbaum and Marilyn Zornado, Portland. (A fiddle and some antique engravings make for good times in this short toe-tapper.) • “Woman Waiting,” by Antoine Bourges, Vancouver. (This powerful narrative uses minimal dialogue and long takes to depict a middle-aged woman on the

n Rinehart From page 1 Dr. Harvey E. Rinehart’s medical practice grew to become far-reaching and effective as he developed treatments for arthritis that became nationally known. Patients came from across the country for the three-week treatments that included intravenous therapy, gold treatments, physical therapy and hot wax applications. “They would be lined up around the block,” according to many past staff members. “They would come in wheelchairs, on crutches, using canes, and three weeks later walk out unaided.” The early years, from

Family portrait – early 1930s – Ella, Robert and Harvey Rinehart. 1914 through 1940, Rinehart operated a “modern” hospital located on “Mill Hill.” He saw patients at the mill, at an office in downtown Wheeler, and most often in their own homes. These were the days of home visits by the local doctor, and many residents remember

Dr. Harvey delivering their siblings at home. In 1940, Dr. Rinehart purchased the Hotel Rector in downtown Wheeler (currently the Old Wheeler Hotel) and expanded the clinic’s offices. In 1922, Rinehart purchased 100 acres near

The North County Recreation District’s 23rd annual Pool-A-Thon is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event raises a majority of the funds necessary to keep the Nehalem Elementary Swim Program afloat.

All proceeds from the Pool-A-Thon go Women’s Club heading to directly towards the 2013/2014 Nehalem Chinook Winds Elementary Swim Instruction/Water For this month’s meeting of the Safety Awareness Program which impacts Women’s Club of Manzanita, the group is the lives of all students, kindergarten sponsoring a trip to Chinook Winds Casino in through 5th grade, including the NKN Lincoln City on Monday morning, Feb. 4. District #56 Adaptive Swim Program. All are welcome to join, including By pledging men, women, members, money or making non-members for a a donation to a day of enjoyment and student swimgambling at Chinook mer, you can Winds. help guarantee The bus will pick up all the children participants at 8:30 a.m. at will benefit the public bus stop on Fifth from this vital St. just off Laneda Ave. next program that to the old fire station. Parkhas been in ing is available at the public existence lot across the street. for over 80 For those interested, years. please call Donna Joseph at ParAnnual Po ol-A-Thon (503) 368-3187. Your response ticipating is Feb. 23. is needed by January 26, for a children will be head count. canvassing throughout the community The March meeting of the Women’s Jan. 24 through March 2, looking for Club will be held as usual at Pine Grove sponsors who will pledge dollars for their Community Center on March 5. The meeting swimming efforts. will be a “Mad Hatter Tea Party” and will For more information, contact the NCRD include a hat fashion contest. Bring your pool at (503) 368-7121 or Sue Gray at (503) favorite hat or make one. Imie Camelli will 368-6238. be the official judge for the contest. Details Donations may be mailed to: Pool-AThon 2013, P.O. Box 207, Nehalem, OR, 97131. will be forthcoming ahead of the meeting.

Manzanita, including Lake Neahkahnie, and raised brook trout for commercial purposes. He also offered the lake to the state fish department where more than one million Chinook salmon were propagated. Another novel and successful use of the lake included the raising of 33 varieties of water lilies. Dr. Harvey Rinehart is credited with the invention of a pump-style fishing reel known as the “Master Kaster,” patented by Joseph C. Berry in 1936 with the patent assigned to Utility Electric and Machine Works Inc., Wheeler, Oregon. Dr. Rinehart’s name was included in the logo and it is likely that Berry and Rinehart collaborated on the invention. Another venture of Rinehart’s was the raising of fox with S. M. Batterson. In 1925,

Rinehart and Batterson started a fox farm and received the highest prices for pelts – one pelt alone brought $345 in Portland. According to Dr. Rinehart, “Everything is ideal here for the propagation of foxes… with no hot summer days and moist nights the pelts develop into the finest produced any place in the United States.” He was chairman of the Union High School Board, city health official, member of the Volunteer Medical Corps, Tillamook County Medical Society, and president of the Oregon Medical Association; founder of the Wheeler Masonic Lodge, of which he was master in 1919 and 1924, and of Al Kader Temple of the Shrine, in Portland. The Wheeler Reporter

edge of homelessness and invisibility.) • “Laszlo Lassu,” by Ben Popp, Portland. (This masterful cut-paper animation has an Eastern European folk art flare to its lines and narrative.) • “Treeverse,” by John Waller, Portland. (Two men take an unprecedented onekilometer canopy trek – i.e. they never touch the ground – through an old growth Oregon white oak forest.) • “The Big Sayonara,” by Don Hamilton, Spokane. (A former Wall Street employee hits rock bottom in rural Rosalia, Washington. Some of the funniest understated dialogue ever heard in a short independent film.) The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year. The Center is located at 594 Laneda Ave. For more information about the Hoffman Center, visit hoffmanblog.org online.

Annual Pool-A-Thon slated for Feb. 23

1928 profile concluded that Dr. Harvey Rinehart is “a firm believer in the future of this area, a tireless worker and a citizen devoted to the upbuildng of northern Tillamook County. Dr. Rinehart is a valuable man in the community.” Dr. Harvey Rinehart passed away unexpectedly in 1950, but his namesake clinic continues today. So began the commitment of the Rinehart family of physicians to north Tillamook County, providing compassionate community care for all. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! The Oregonian Daily and Sunday Delivery

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Reserve your Manzanita Open tee time

For you golfers, it is almost time to reserve your tee time for the annual Manzanita Open Golf Tournament. Tee times will be allotted on Feb. 1, starting at 8 a.m. This year the cost will be $45 per player. The tournament will be May 17 – 19. The Manzanita Open is a fundraiser for the Eugene Schmuck Foundation and supports local school programs and many charities. Last year the tournament raised over $90,000. Please support this great local event, but you’ll need to call early on the morning of Feb. 1, as the tee times will be sold out quickly.

Beachcombers and birders wanted

Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches, and trends of seabirds. The goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed

oregonstate.edu/tillamook/tcmga-forms or picked up at the OSU Extension office Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. The deadline for submitting completed applications is April 1. For further information, contact TCMGA Scholarship Chair, 2204 Fourth Street, Tillamook, OR, 97141 or call the Tillamook County Extension Office at (503) 842-3433.

Tillamook County Quilt Trail continues to grow

The Tillamook County Quilt Trail Coalition (TCQTC) is undergoing growth spurts. Fourteen new blocks will be painted this spring, adding to the trail both north to Manzanita and south to Cloverdale. The TCQTC is also undertaking a new

development thanks to the help of Terra Wilcoxson, an urban designer working with the City of Tillamook. She is also a new addition to the board of the Quilt Trail Coalition. Wilcoxson is heading up a project to paint a quilt-themed mural on the repository at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center. While she is pursuing grant monies for funding, a design for the mural is needed. For this, TCQTC is turning to the community. Tillamook County boasts a goodly amount of artists of all ages and anyone interested may submit ideas for a 10 ft. x 12 ft. mural to be painted by a professional muralist. Visit www.tillamookquilttrail.org for more history about the trail and details for design submissions. Design ideas should

Tillamook Master Gardener Scholarships available

The Tillamook County Master Gardeners Association (TCMGA) is offering an academic scholarship of at least $1000 to students who are attending or are graduates of a Tillamook County high school or have a current Tillamook County residency of at least two years. High school seniors, college students, and non-traditional students seeking higher education are eligible. Preference will be given to students with majors in the life sciences. However, all interested students are encouraged to apply. Scholarship application forms have been sent to colleges, universities and local high schools, may be downloaded from the TCMGA website at http://extension.

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Free legal clinic in Tillamook

The Oregon Law Center will be providing a free legal clinic out of the CARE office, in Tillamook, on Feb. 1. There will be walk in advice available from 10 a.m. to noon, on a first come first served basis or appointments can be set for times between 1 and 4 p.m. Community Action – CARE, Inc. is located at 2310 1st Street, St. 2, in Tillamook. If you would like to schedule an appointment in advance, please call Oregon Law Center at (503) 640-4115, or toll free at 1 (877) 296-4076. Advice on criminal matters is not given at this clinic.

be submitted no later than March 1. The design will be selected by the TCQTC board by March 15. Designs should be mailed to Tillamook County Quilt Trail, P.O. Box 1165, Tillamook, Oregon, 97141. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the August. For more details, call Terra at (503) 842-2472, ext. 3462 or email her at twilcoxson@tillamookor.gov.

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4-H members and leaders should enroll in 4-H by Jan. 31 so that they maintain their 4-H membership and continue to receive information about upcoming 4-H activities. The 4-H enrollment fee for 4-H members is $17, if paid by Jan. 31; $22 for enrollments Feb. 1 - May 31 and $27 for enrollments after June 1. The 4-H enrollment fee includes a state enrollment fee and accident insurance. Need-based financial assistance is available for enrollments by Jan. 31. Students in grades 4 through 12 are eligible to join 4-H project clubs. Members may enroll in a club or as an independent member. They may sign up for one or more projects in any of the following six areas: animal science, home economics, expressive arts, natural resources, engineering, or horticulture. Youth in kindergarten through third grade are eligible to participate in 4-H Cloverbuds. In addition to learning skills in their chosen project(s), members learn leadership skills and contribute to their community. Currently the 4-H program is looking for new 4-H leaders in a variety of 4-H projects especially clothing, foods, gardening, photography, and Cloverbuds (grades K-3). The process for becoming a 4-H leader is simple and must be completed before a leader may enroll in the 4-H program. For more information about 4-H, contact Joy or Nancy at the OSU Extension Service in Tillamook County, (503) 8423433.

management and conservation decisions, and promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska. Volunteers need no experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about 3/4 mile) each month. If you are interested in participating, join COASST staff for a full, 6-hour training session. Hear about how COASST started, learn how to use the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out your new skills with some actual specimens. There is no charge to attend training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit, if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a COASST Beached Birds field guide. Training activities take place indoors, and include a break for lunch - please pack your own or plan to buy lunch nearby. The upcoming COASST training session is Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Pacific City at the Kiwanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr. If you can’t attend this event, please check our website at www.coasst.org or call (206) 221-6893 for additional information on upcoming events and trainings.

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NCRD Calendar of Events January & February, every Tuesday, 1-3pm: Great Decisions January & February, every Thursday, 1pm: Pinochle January & February, every Thursday, 4pm-5:30pm: Art Night January 25, 1:30pm: Book Club January 28, 1pm: Friends of NCRD Meeting February 1, 10am-12pm: Scone Friday February 5, 2-4pm: Digital Photography Workshop II—Photo Manipulation. $20 February 6, 1pm: Health Talk February 6, 6pm: CIP Committee Meeting February 13, 2-4pm: Workshop—Color for Artists February 16: Trip—Rigoletto, Newport February 16: Preschool Rummage Sale February 21, 7pm: Board Meeting February 22, 1:30pm: Book Club February 22, 23 & 24: Riverbend Players Production ‘Saving the Cedar Grove’ February 23: 23rd Annual Pool-a-thon February 25, 1pm: Friends of NCRD Meeting March 6: Trip—Newport Aquarium March 18: Trip—Andre Rieu Concert at the Rose Garden. Tickets $50 Walking/Hiking Group on Winter Break until March 25, 2013 Entries for Crayola Competition for Adults accepted until March 30, 2013 To learn more about NCRD programs, visit www. ncrdnehalem.org or call 503.368.7008

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Saturday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. “The Best of the 38th Northwest Film & Video Festival” Selection of short films – a cross-section showing the state of regional filmmaking. Produced by the Northwest Film Center in Portland. Admission: $7 Refreshments available.

Weekly events at the Hoffman Center include Life Drawing, Open Clay Studio, Open Letterpress and Burgess Writing Group. Please visit hoffmanblog.org for more information on these events. To remain a vital community asset, the Hoffman Center relies on funding from people who recognize the value it brings to our community. Send donations to Hoffman Center, PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97139. Questions? Call 503-368-3846 or e-mail hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net The Hoffman Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

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Jennifer Lynn Newell Jennifer Lynn Newell, 72, of Manzanita, died unexpectedly Jan. 9, 2013 in Seaside. Jennifer was born Feb. 29, 1940, Leap Year Day, in Ontario, Oregon so she was really only “18” years young. The oldest of five siblings, parents Jack and Helen Prater raised her in Payette, Idaho. In 1955, she married Lloyd “Doug” Slatter, residing in Homedale, Idaho then moving to a farm outside of Adrian, Oregon. They had three children; Daniel, Lori, and Julie May. Sadly, Julie May did not live to adulthood. Jennifer and Lloyd later divorced and Jennifer moved to Milwaukie, OR. She trained as a physical therapist at Mt. Hood Community College, while holding down a full time job to support her family. She worked for Milwaukie Physical Therapy for many years. In 1984, while visiting her daughter Lori in Manzanita she met and eventually married James Newell. They were married for 28 years. Jennifer’s gifts include being a mother to many. She brightened any room she walked into. She was a character, enjoying every minute of her life and always being ready for a laugh. She is survived by her daughter Lori (and David) Dillon of Manzanita; son Dan (and Lori) Slatter of Garibaldi; husband Jim of Manzanita; grandsons Andrew Slatter of Rockaway Beach, and Lucas Slatter of Portland; sisters Jeanie Petermann

Snowy Plover From page 1 2013. The changes – keeping dogs on leashes on the southern portion of the spit during part of the year – are driven by Oregon’s commitment to provide habitat for western snowy plovers, a shorebird. Western snowy plovers are native to the Oregon coast and are protected by both the federal and state law. Plovers currently nest on the Oregon coast from Lane County south, and on Midway Beach in Washington state 40 miles north of Astoria. Their numbers are slowly increasing; an estimated 290 adult plovers live in Oregon now, a record high since monitoring

Dart, who also owns a business along Wheeler’s waterfront, noted that dredging occurs “only a few hours a day while the tide is running out,” aiding in the dispersal of dredged materials in the in-stream disposal process. Wheeler resident Ralph Thomas is one of those scratching his head as he sees the creation of a new “island” taking place before his eyes. “The Nehalem River has a new island comprised entirely of dredge spoils. Unfortunately, it’s located right where the best fishing hole on the river used to be, making, this is a sad day for fishermen,” stated Thomas in an email communication to the Citizen. “Whether or not these deposits ‘scour’ out and the river someday returns to its present depth, remains to be seen. But when, and if, that happens, Wheeler undoubtedly will be the recipient of part of unwanted silt deposits.” Thomas isn’t the only one in Wheeler casting a wary eye to what is happening upstream. Jim Neilson, owner of Wheeler Marina, is hopeful the dredge spoils stay put, but where they eventually end up is anybody’s guess. Neilson said he hasn’t seen much dredging of the river since he took ownership of his marina in the early 1980s. Since that time, however, he has lost moorage space as the river bottom mud has continued to build up around his docks making some of them inaccessible for boats during low tides. Other Wheeler businesses and property owners who have docks along Wheeler’s waterfront have been affected as well. The material that builds up in the river is a natural process, though flooding on the Nehalem River, which is a regular wintertime occurrence, speeds things up. Former mayor, Walt Trandum, said he tried everything, including investigating the possibility of getting federal “stimulus money,” to get the Port of Nehalem to dredge along Wheeler’s waterfront, but to no avail. “They (the Port) claim that Jim Neilson and the city should pay, but we all pay into the Port District. Why should Wheeler

Jennifer Lynn Newell of Warrenton, and Jacqueline Dale of Albuquerque, NM; sister-in-law Charlotte Prater of Payette, ID and many nieces and nephews too numerous to mention here. Jennifer left behind good times and memories that all of those who knew her will treasure. A celebration of her life is planned Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Lighthouse Restaurant. She let her wishes be known, she wanted parties when she left us. Please join the celebration and share a “Jenny Memory.” A memorial this summer is also being planned for her in Payette. Since Jennifer was always there for the little guy (pun intended), the family suggests donations in her name should be given to the struggling neighbor next door, or any person in need that you know. And, of course, practice random acts of kindness whenever you can. She would like that.

began in 1990. Under the Endangered Species Act, if plovers begin nesting in a new area, beach closures could be required to protect plovers wherever the birds nest. Instead of allowing plovers to affect Oregon’s public beaches in this unpredictable way, OPRD took a different approach. After a substantial public comment period, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission adopted the Habitat Conservation Plan for Western Snowy Plovers in 2010. Under the coast-wide plan, if plovers nest in an area outside the designated recovery spots, the individual nest will be protected, but the beach will remain open to the public. To protect recreation on the ocean shore and help the plover at the same time, OPRD worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service to focus habitat management on a few designated spots on the north coast such as the Nehalem Spit. In 2013, park staff will ask visitors to voluntarily keep dogs leashed (see attached map) on a portion of the beach. This voluntary change would become a requirement in 2014, and is necessary for Oregon to comply with the habitat plan. The area is already close to driving, and that rule will continue. OPRD will eventually improve plover habitat in one spot on the south spit, but no recreation changes are proposed there. Several options will be opened for discussion at the meeting. The January 24 meeting is a chance to hear more and ask questions about the proposed changes. For additional information, visit http://tinyurl.com/ oregonplovers online.

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Saturday, January 26, 7:30pm “The Best of the 38th Northwest Film & Video Festival” Selection of short films – a cross-section showing the state of regional filmmaking. Produced by the Northwest Film Center in Portland. Admission: $7 Refreshments available. Saturday, February 16, 7pm Manzanita Writers’ Series Author: Erica Bauermeister, “The Art of Mixing” Open mic follows. ALSO: Release Party for the 2nd edition of the North Coast Squid Monday, February 18, 6pm Hoffman Center Board Meeting Public always invited to attend.

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Weekly events at the Hoffman Center include Life Drawing, Open Clay Studio, Open Letterpress and Burgess Writing Group. Please visit hoffmanblog.org for more information on these events. To remain a vital community asset, the Hoffman Center relies on funding from people who recognize the value it brings to our community. Send donations to Hoffman Center, PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97139. Questions? Call 503-368-3846 or e-mail hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net The Hoffman Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

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and the DLCD Determination of Coastal Consistency. All permits are secure, according to Campbell, and the Port is in full conformance with each. The in-water work window is from November 15 to February 15, although all permits were not issued until the second week in December. Roy Garren, Inc. is the prime contractor on the project and Vern Scovell is the dredge operator. As for the “island,” Campbell says the Port is aware of it and that it is the result of some gravel being picked up and deposited along with mud from the river’s bottom. “It will not be left,” he said, noting that the deeper water of the “fishing hole” is closer to the north shore and is not being “filled in.” Thomas remains skeptical and openly wonders where the deposited material will ultimately end up. “Already, businesses are under economic stress from the silting in recent years, and elimination of a prime fishing hole in Nehalem certainly isn’t going to help,” he said. “One has to wonder, why was the river chosen for in-flow method of disposing of dredge spoils given the history of silting in Wheeler… and why was in-flow disposal chosen when other on-land locations were readily available. At first glance, appeared to make much more sense. The issue isn’t dredging. Indeed, Wheeler’s waterfront is in sore need. The issue is where to put the dredge spoils.”

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have to pay?” Trandum asks. Trandum made the argument that the Port’s mission is to make sure the Nehalem River is conducive to commerce in its maintenance of the main channel. “In our case, the commerce is sport fishing and some kayaking,” in which the availability of ample moorage space comes into play, Trandum maintains. Bill Campbell, former director of economic development for Tillamook County and now a paid consultant for the Port of Nehalem, notes that the Port has worked over the past two or three years to obtain the permits for the current dredging project and, aware Wheeler was interested in dredging along its waterfront, kept its city officials in the loop. Campbell said he attended three Wheeler City Council meetings when the Port initially began the process and the idea of applying for a joint permit was considered, however, the cost and who would pay for it created a stumbling block in Wheeler’s case. “I empathize with those property owners along Wheeler’s waterfront,” Campbell said, but the issue of who owns the land and exposed mudflats remains an issue that ultimately needs to be resolved with the state. The work currently being undertaken upstream, said Campbell, involves dredging the Deer Island channel to keep it open for navigation and access for the Port’s working tugboat, The Gregory. The scope of the project is to dredge the channel to a point above the Port dock in Nehalem some 1,150 feet, a volume just under 5,000 cubic yards. The work also calls for the removal of snags and deadheads. “Over the past several years the channel had become more difficult to access, especially at low tide. The city docks and port dock, as well as private docks along the waterway, would sit canted at an angle of 45 - 60 degrees creating low tide hazards to the boating public,” Campbell stated. The project cost picked up by the Port of Nehalem is currently at $370,000 which includes $60,000 to obtain all permits – Army Corps of Engineers Corps, State of Oregon and Tillamook County together with the PSET Review and Recommendation, DEQ Water Quality 401 authority

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Pie power – building a better and tastier tomorrow “We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”

Bay United Methodist Church Community Hall at 7 p.m. National Pie Day was put it on the calendar in our community by pie lover Lorraine Ortiz. Five years ago, she started the event that gets the community – David Mamet to bake tons of pie, eat tons of pie and support a good cause. For the fifth year in a row, There is a $5 donation at the pie-crazed characters gather door that includes the exciting together to celebrate and mouthwatering pie National Pie Day auction followed by an with a rousing aucall-you-can-eat pie feast. tion and wrap-yourThis is a fundraiser face-around-a-pie not to be missed. Serifeast to benefit the ously. There will be Lower Nehalem over 25 pies made by Land Trust (LNCT) some of the finest bakand Food Roots of ers in the valley. (Moi Tillamook. It is time included.) I am talking The to eat pie to make the Golightly crazy delicious pies world a better place. that nobody can resist! I think that is the best Gourmet Savory pies, like last Dana Zia idea ever! year’s German onion National Pie day pie, Quiche Lorraine, is actually Jan. 23, and English pasties, which but the event will be held on were all a big hit. Then, Saturday Jan. 26, at Nehalem there was the delectable dark chocolate coconut cream pie with chocolate almond crust, Granny’s pecan pie, Baklava pie or the classic northwest Marionberry Pie. (I’ve got to stop this! I’m drooling on the keyboard!) Says Ortiz, “We’ll also have a gift certificate for auction from Random Pies in Portland for a whole coconut cream pie, plus a pie lovers t-shirt.” This year’s pies will be equally as amazing including some terrific crusts inspired by supreme pastry chef Kim

Smoked Salmon Quiche with a dill crust

The secret of a good pie crust is cut your butter up then put it in the freezer for 10 minutes to get very cold. Also, handle the crust as little as possible. The more you handle it the tougher it gets.

The Crust Miller’s pie crust workshops held during the day on the 26th. “The workshops will focus on a variety of crusts to add so much more to the full flavor of the art of pie. Kim knows her crust,” says Ortiz. “We have 20 people signed up for two sessions—yowza! We actually had the first class fill up so fast we created another, then it filled up.” So sorry folks, there is no room at the inn but keep posted to sign up for next year’s event in early January. The pie auction will once again be the highlight of the evening as pie loving auctioneer, Claudia Johnson will tempt the crowd to buy pie for a better tomorrow. “The big news is that she will be our auctioneer this year. I am so excited that Claudia will be the driving personality as our community loves her and she is so much fun,” Ortiz said. “I’ve even heard people say they are already planning their bidding strategies for this year.” (I hope a pie fight doesn’t ensue.) “Last year’s event was packed with pies and people

3 & 1/3 cups unbleached flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon of dried dill 1 cup very cold unsalted butter 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar About 1 cup of very cold water Get out a medium bowl and add the flour, dill and salt to it. Whisk until it is fluffy and happy. Cut the butter into smallish cubes and either cut it into the flour by hand or get out that handy dandy food processor to do the job. First, add your flour to the food processor bowl, then, drop your butter in there. Pulse until you have a coarse crumbling mix. Pour back in the bowl. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, 1/3 cup of water and vinegar. Make a lovely little well in the center of the flour mix and slowly pour the egg mix into the flour while you are mixing with a big fork. Add just a little bit more water at a time till everything holds together reasonable well. Don’t add too much water or your crust will be like the pavement in front of your house! Using your hands, form the crust into two flat discs and wrap up and stick in the fridge and brought in whopping $2,447, which the two organizations split 50/50. Not bad for selling baked goods in a church,” noted Ortiz. So get on down to the celebra-

for 30 minutes. Roll one disk out and place it in your deep-dish pie plate and put back in the fridge to await your quiche. Freeze the other one for another time.

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4 eggs 1 & 1/2 cups 2% or whole milk 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon of dried dill 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt 1 tablespoon of capers, drained 1-3 garlic cloves, pressed 4 oz. of smoked salmon broken into bits 1 cup of gruyere cheese (or Swiss cheese) 1/2 cup of thinly slice green onions, (use the whole onion) Whisk the eggs, milk, mustard and spices up into a froth in a medium workhorse of a bowl. Add the garlic and mix in. Sprinkle the bottom of pie crust with the cheese and then layer the salmon and onions on the top of the cheese. Pour the egg mix over top and a little dried dill for beauty. Bake this creation at 4045 minutes at 375 degrees until center stops wiggling when you touch it and a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Serve after it has set for about 20 to 30 minutes. (I know, I know, it’s hard to wait!) It is really very good cold, served with a lightly dressed salad to celebrate Pie Day.

tion and buy my pie (or someone else’s) to support a great cause. I will be making this smoked salmon quiche that I has been a standard in our house for years. I’m

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Bond measure likely in May to fund repair of county roads For the Citizen

With the third and final public meeting by the Tillamook County Sustainable Roads Committee held earlier this month in Tillamook behind him, committee chair Jon Carnahan looks forward to placing a measure on the ballot in May. In recent weeks, Carnahan has shared several of the creative possibilities for roads revenues – including a transient room (or hotel/motel room tax), a seasonal sales tax, and a reworked property tax levy proposal. “Everybody agrees that we have a general responsibility as citizens that live in the community to fix the roads,” said Carnahan at the Jan. 9 meeting in Tillamook. “But we also have a lot of visitors that come to this community, that use our roads and use our services, and there’s a feeling from almost everyone that I talk to that they should share in the cost.” The roads department budget has been cut in half since 2009, when revenues totaled more than $6 million. Of that, more than $3 million came from a federal funding program that has since expired, according to Director of Public Works Liane Welch in outlining her department’s diminishing resources and growing problems. “What I’ve found in the last year is we are doing really reactive maintenance only,” Welsh said. “We are only fixing things that are broken out there or fixing things that people call and complain about. We really don’t have any preventive maintenance.” In November, the most recent attempt to pass a property tax levy for the roads department failed – but narrowly. The $15 million bond would have charged property owners 46 cents per $1,000 of property value. That figure would have shrunk slightly to 42 cents per $1,000 by the end of the 10-year levy. Carnahan said one problem with the most recent bond was that state law would have required most of the money be spent within the first three years. Though he cautions that no decisions have been made, Carnahan is proposing another $15 million bond – with a lower price tag and two separate bond sales. Carnahan’s proposal includes two bond sales of $7.5 million each – one in 2013 and one in 2018. That would allow for a longer term (six years) in which to spend the funds, and would also allow for lower interest rates. The proposal would mean a property tax rate of 39 to 33 cents per $1,000, with an average of 36 cents per $1,000 over the 10-year length of the bond. For a second funding source, the Roads Committee is considering a countywide transient room tax (TRT). The

county currently has no room tax, though most cities have one for rooms rented within the city limits. A proposed 10-percent county TRT would not be on top of cities’ rates. In a city with an existing 8-percent TRT, 8 percent would still go to the city, 1 percent to the state and 1 percent to the county. By state law, 70 percent of room taxes collected must go to tourism marketing and promotion (some cities operate differently because

their long-standing taxes were grandfathered in). Only 30 percent of a new tax could be dedicated to the roads department. Estimates are that the TRT would generate around $350,000 to $400,000 a year for the roads department. Economic Development Director Dan Biggs is in favor of a TRT, saying that even with only 30 percent of funds going to roads, a large economic impact could be made by promoting tourism. He says tourists annually

spend about $390 million in neighboring Clatsop County and $340 million in Lincoln County; Tillamook County by comparison receives only $180 million. Carnahan said the Roads Committee also considered a restaurant or prepared food tax – similar to a tax instituted by the cities of Ashland and Yachats. The idea was brought up by one of last year’s county commissioner candidates. “I thought, well that’s not a bad idea, but we wouldn’t

want to have the only sales tax of coastal counties,” Carnahan said. “So I said that might be a good idea if we can get the Coastal Caucus of all the representatives of the Oregon Coast, bring them together, and say look, if you’re in the valley and you want to come to the coast, any part of the coast, you’re going to pay a seasonal sales tax... but the problem with that is we also pay it.” Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart expects the Roads Committee to give its recommendation to the Commissioners on which

funding sources to pursue in the next month or so. While the exact proposal is still being discussed, Labhart says, “I’m putting something on the ballot in May.” Carnahan said a bond measure will likely appear in May, but the secondary funding component – something that would take advantage of tourist dollars – would likely wait until November. The ideas, which have included the room tax, sales tax, or even axle taxes, are “all on the table,” Carnahan said, and the prospects “need to be vetted a little better.”

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begin in 2014. Tillamook County was the recipient of a $10 million grant to build a new bridge with a $1 million match that will come from state forest funds. The 382-foot span will continue to serve as a detour while the new bridge is built keeping the vital north/south Miami-Foley link intact. Erosion over the years of the bridge’s shallow footings have caused the bridge to shift, particularly during winter storms when the water levels rise and debris becomes lodged underneath the structure, according to Welch. Much of the preliminary technical work has already taken place as the final plans for the new bridge are in the process of being finalized.

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