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A BEACH WALK WITH A MISSION
Niki Price, of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, is hiking the coast to raise money for the center and awareness of public art Life threw a few challenges her way, but Niki Price finally got her Oregon coast trek underway. The first leg was every inch as amazing as she expected. “It was grand,” Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, said of the 21-mile stretch from the north trailhead at Fort Stevens State Park to Seaside, with a side trip to Warrenton. “It was truly grand. I had a wonderful time.” Price did the trip over two days and plans to hike the entire 425 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail for a journey she is calling “On the Path of Public Art.” The idea is to help spread word both of the Oregon Coast Public Art Trail, which features more than 800 pieces of public art, and of fundraising efforts to create the cultural plaza at the cultural center. “This is a personal goal of mine,” said Price, who was recently named chair of the Oregon Cultural Trust‘s board of directors. “But at the same time, I am really interested in public art and bringing public art to the cultural plaza. My goal is to get the name of the plaza out there, get people to associate the plaza with our public art dreams and to know that the plaza is still very much happening and very much in need of their support.” Price originally planned to set out in March, but bad weather, an injury, and family matters kept her grounded. While disappointing at the time, Price thinks now it might have been lucky. “Really, the September date was the first I could do anything serious,” she said. “It was glorious. The best weather. It was like Bali. I got to explore a different part of the coast than I’ve explored before. It was everything I hoped it would be.”
She was surprised to find cars and trucks on the beach of the north coast. Lincoln City has some spots where the beach is auto-accessible, but this was the first time Price saw the beach used as an actual highway. “I saw people driving to find picnic spots, four-wheeling. I also saw people learning to paraglide off the beach. I saw a lot of kites and a paragliding class.” Sadly, she saw a lot of trash, too, which she tried to carry out until her pack became too heavy. Price’s BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) was inspired by tales from the Pacific Crest Trail, but she questioned if she had the stamina and backcountry skills to hike that. She also would have had to take significant time off from her job. “So, I tried to think about a similar goal that was more accessible to me, and the Oregon Coast Trail really fit the bill. I walk on a bit of it nearly every day in my neighborhood beach in Lincoln City. Walking this Oregon Coast Trail also makes my mother and husband happy. They always worry about me when I’m off on a wander.” Price is accepting donations, hoping to raise $5,000 to buy a pedestal for the cultural plaza. There are two kinds of donations, Morale Boosters, which are one-time donations, and pledges per mile, which can be any amount and are due at the end of the trek. This story is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage, and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition.
Above Left: Niki Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, plans to hike the entire 425 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail. Above Right: Niki Price’s public art walk along the Oregon Coast Trail began with a bit of history at Fort Stevens State Park, where the wreck of the Peter Iredale has been slowing disintegrating since it ran aground in 1906. (Photos courtesy of Niki Price)
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Newport crabbers were treated to great weather, a rare on-time start and a very high opening price as they kicked off what will likely be a historic Dungeness crab season. The season opened Dec. 1, the first on-time start in six years, with a starting price of $4.75 per pound at the Newport docks. Good weather also let many of the smaller fishing vessels set out at the same time as the large ones, allowing many to bring in their first hauls late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Taunette Dixon, co-president of the Newport Fishermen’s Wives and owner of the F/V Tauny-Ann, said she’s been in the fishing industry for at least 20 years and has never seen an opening day this strong. “To start, I’ve never seen a price like this, and I’ve been in it for 20 years,” Dixon said. “This is also the first time I’ve ever seen weather like this during an opening, which is really good for the small guys. Many times over they years the weather has been so bad that the smaller boats haven’t even been able to go pull their pots even after the season starts, just the big guys. “The weather and everything, this whole season has just been completely unheard of. It’s very unusual for everything to fall into place so perfectly,” Dixon continued. “I can tell you though, it’s going to be very good for the fleet. We’re really excited to see how it pans out.” WRITTEN BY MATHEW BROCK | PHOTOS BY JEREMY BURKE
Prior to the Dec. 1 opening day, most boats set their crabbing equipment for the pre-soak period, where they put baited pots out ahead of time for them to fill before they could legally begin collecting them on opening day. According to Dixon, most boats leave at the start of opening day and take a day or two to fill up on their first haul. “Most of the small boats come in (Thursday night) and tomorrow,” Dixon said. “The larger boats usually take about five to seven days to fill up and head back.” Staff at the Pacific Seafood processing plant in Newport said their first boat came in late Wednesday night, and many more smaller fishing boats began showing up Thursday morning, with around half a dozen seen unloading their hauls at processing plants on the Bayfront. This year’s on-time start was thanks to low domoic acid and high meat yield indicated by tests conducted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife early last month. Usually a high acid level or low meat yield will hold up the season at least a couple of weeks. Bad test results aren’t the only the only thing that can hold up a season however. Price negotiations are another source of delays, with last year’s season being held up an entire month CONTINED NEXT PAGE
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as the fishing fleet negotiated back and forth with seafood processors before settling on an opening price of $2.75 per pound, with the caveat that local crabbers deliver their first tow hauls to Pacific Seafood. But there didn’t seem to be any delays in that regard this year. Even with a delayed season and an underwhelming price last year, crabbers still brought in 12.2 million pounds of Dungeness crab coastwide, with an ex-vessel value of approximately $60.6 million dollars. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a huge fall in demand for seafood last year that left processors with an extensive frozen back stock. The market made greats strides in recovering over the year, however, and a $4.75 per pound price is one of the best many members of the local fishing industry have ever seen. In addition to the commercial crab season, recreational crabbing on bays and estuaries and from beaches, docks, piers and jetties is currently open coastwide. Recreational crabbers can call the Shellfish Hotline at 800-448-2474 or visit the ODA recreational shellfish biotoxin closures webpage at www. oregon.gov/oda/programs/foodsafety/ shellfish/pages/shellfishclosures. aspx before crabbing for the latest information.
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At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, the 52-foot motor lifeboat Victory left the boathouse at U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay for the final time — nearly 65 years to the day of when she first arrived in Newport.
In recent years, the boat experienced frequent breakdowns and long periods out of service, as replacement parts for the Korean War-era vessel are no longer manufactured and must be custom built.
The storied vessel did not leave under her own power but was towed behind a 47-foot motor lifeboat. She was accompanied by her sister ship, the Intrepid, which had been towed by another 47-footer to the Newport station from Coos Bay the prior afternoon.
As the station prepared Tuesday to say goodbye and execute its mission of transporting the ships safely north to the National Motor Lifeboat School at Cape Disappointment, Wash., with some stops along the way, they added an improved vessel to the local fleet.
In a briefing with about 15 Coast Guard members in the boathouse early Wednesday morning, an engineer noted that the Victory had not left the moorage since October 2020, when the 13th District commander placed it and its sister ships on restricted status.
There are now three 47-footers in full-time service at the station, and one that recently received a major overhaul with upgrades to electronics, power plant, motor and crew accommodations will take the Victory’s moorage in the boathouse. The towing capacity of the aluminum vessels is significantly less than the Victory’s, about 150 tons, and they have a much shorter range.
For decades after arriving in Newport at the end of 1956, she was the station’s workhorse, capable of towing more than 750 tons and holding 40 survivors. She is self-righting and selfbailing and could motor through 50-foot seas in hurricaneforce winds, and countless local fisherman and other mariners owe their lives to her crews over the past seven decades.
The Coast Guard will now use multiple 47s and/or cutters for heavier vessels and longer hauls, Station Yaquina Bay Commanding Officer Ryan O’Meara said. “We had a case a few days ago where a 210-foot cutter pulled a boat from 180 miles out,” he said.
Left the Victory is shown for the last time in the boathouse. Above the Intrepid being towed into Yaquina Station to undergo the same trip as the Victory. (Photos by Jeremy Burke)
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“The Victory was a powerhouse. She could go out in conditions that exceeded the 47’s limitations,” O’Meara said. He’s piloted the vessel during multiple tours at Yaquina Bay. “So she could go out in 25-foot breaks, where the 47 does 20 feet.” The overhauled 47 is the first in service with the improvements, having already undergone trials and subsequent modifications at Cape Disappointment. O’Meara said the boat still needed some maintenance on site before they begin trials with it at Yaquina Bay. O’Meara said he wished the Victory could have embarked when it was easier for the public to attend. The early morning departure time was selected to suit the tides at the Columbia River. The Invincible, another of the four 52s being decommissioned, left Grays Harbor at 4 a.m. on its own power, and the fourth, the Triumph II, was already stationed at Cape Disappointment. “It was really an honor to be here for that,” O’Meara said after watching the Victory swept seaward by the tow and tide. “I hope these guys appreciate that.” Some of the station’s members never had a chance to serve aboard her in the ocean, but all present seemed to recognize the gravity of the moment.
“The Victory was not only not a member of the community, she was like a member of the crew,” he said. “Everywhere you went, everybody knew the Victory, being the oldest boat in the fleet and the queen of the fleet. With her capabilities, she’s brought generations of crews back to the dock safely, so her leaving is not only a very big deal to the town, but it’s a very big deal to the Coast Guard and members who previously served at Yaquina Bay.” The crews aboard the 47-footers, as well as two crew members on the Victory and one on the Intrepid, leapfrogged up the coast toward Washington State — one boat crew stopped at Depoe Bay and traded off with a crew from that station before returning to Newport, while the other continued until Tillamook, where others took up the tow. O’Meara said the transit of the retired lifeboats to Washington involved every Coast Guard surf station on the Oregon coast except the most southern and the most northern. At Cape Disappointment, they’ll all be brought out of the water for maintenance and preservation. They are not yet decommissioned but on “lay-up status,” O’Meara said.
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Some might call it a miracle, but an area survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on the naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, says it was just dumb luck. Next week will mark the 80th anniversary of that attack. Ed Johann was only 17 when he joined the Navy in 1941. “I was just a kid,” Johann said. “Just young and dumb. I was lucky and tried to stay out of trouble. “My childhood wasn’t too good, and I wanted to get away from home and be one less mouth to feed,” he recalled. “ I knew I couldn’t get a job because I was a scrawny kid, and a lot of big, muscled men were out of jobs in those days.” He thought about joining the Army as a way to make a few bucks, but after seeing a nickel movie with two Navy guys dancing and singing with a lot of pretty girls, he thought the Navy was a better choice. The 98-year-old Oregon native was stationed on the USS Wright but was sent to the hospital ship, the USS Solace in Pearl Harbor, for a tonsillectomy. While he recovered, he and two other sailors were assigned to a 30-foot boat that transported sailors to and from shore— much like a water taxi. “It was Sunday morning, and we were down there waiting for that when the planes came over,” he said. “We didn’t wait for orders. We just took off over to the battleship and started taking in the wounded. Everyone was panicking and guys were jumping over each other.”
Johann said that he and his crewmates would drop off a load of injured men on the USS Solace and go back out for more wounded. “We just kept saving people. That was our duty. We didn’t even look up to look at the planes much.” He did see the armor piercing bomb drop on the USS Arizona. “It went down a couple of decks before it exploded. It went down to the powder room — the ammunition room — and it made a big, black plume of smoke in the sky.” The dive bombers flew into the black smoke. “Boy, that black smoke … the guy that dropped that bomb not only damaged that ship, but he also rescued a lot of his guys by letting ‘em fly into that smoke. You couldn’t see them. You couldn’t shoot at ‘em. “That is what our day consisted of — saving guys. And some of them we couldn’t tell if they were wounded or already gone. We just got them in the boat. We didn’t have time to do first aid. We just got them to the Solace.” Johann said he was not scared for his own life. “I was concerned, yeah. The body parts were there. This was man’s inhumanity to man. I was mostly thinking weird things like that. But we didn’t survive by any skills. It was just luck, pure luck. We were just dodging bullets with guys around us dying.” Johann said the days after the attack were extremely stressful because of the anticipation of more attacks. “All we heard were rumors for the next few days,” he said. “We saw what
ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR service people saluting all us survivors, that alone was why I was glad I went.” Johann’s granddaughter, Rachel Howell, might be partial but said Johann is a guy to celebrate. “He’s every man’s man,” she said. “He has lived, loved, and has always been positive. It’s amazing,” she said. Reflecting back on his life, Johann said he is most proud of all the lives he saved, both in the Navy and later in his career. He dedicated his life to serving others and saving lives and property. He served 27 years as a firefighter for the Portland Fire Department and volunteered for mountain rescue for eight years. After his retirement, he moved to a beach cottage in Lincoln City. He was one of the co-founders of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum and served as its president for seven years, served on many committees for Lincoln City and Lincoln County and served as a Lincoln City City Council member for 14 years. At age 92, Johann flew with other veterans to Japan to return family flags taken during the war. He has written four books, and two of them — Hazardous Adventures I and II — are available on Amazon. The books are about his life and adventures in the Navy, as a firefighter, as a professional boxer and as a member of search and rescue. happened once. Could it happen again? It was terrible. It was a hell of a thing.” Johann continued to serve in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. His tour of duty was exactly four years, one month and eight days. He was a member of the U.S. Navy boxing team and continued to box professionally after he was discharged from the Navy in 1945. Johann was awarded the U.S. Navy Commendation Medal of Valor for his bravery during Pearl Harbor. It was 70 years later when Johann went back to Pearl Harbor for a memorial celebration. While he relayed his recollections of the attack at Pearl Attack with stoicism, he choked up when talking about the celebration. He thought after participating once, he knew what to expect, but the second time he attended was a bit different. There were groups of seats blocked off for Japanese visitors, other seats for military and civilians and other seats in front for Pearl Harbor survivors. They waited for a while and soon saw a big cruiser slowing down in front of them. “As it got closer, I could see all the decks — even the little decks way up high — were filled with men and women in dress uniforms, standing at attention. When they got right in front of us, they all saluted. I about lost it. When I saw all these
The attack at Pearl Harbor sank four U.S. battleships and destroyed 188 U.S. planes. Another four battleships were damaged, along with three cruisers and three destroyers. There were 2,335 military personnel killed, including 2,008 Navy personnel, 109 Marines, and 218 Army. In addition, 68 civilians were killed in the attack, making the total 2403 people dead. The total number of wounded was 1,143, including 710 Navy, 69 Marines, 364 Army and 103 civilians. According to Pearlharbor.org, there is no official government list of Pearl Harbor survivors, but they estimate less than 100 Pearl Harbor survivors remain. Johann will be honored by the Lincoln City Parks and Rec Department and American Legion Post 97 with a dedication of the Ed Johann Veterans Plaza on Highway 101 and Northwest 18th Street. The ceremony will be held in January 2022, with the date to be announced. Looking back, Johann said he has no regrets about joining the Navy 80 years ago. “I’m lucky. I believe I was fortunate to live through it and everything they threw at me. But I was glad when the war was over and I knew I was safe.”
THE SALMON SUPERHWY PROJECT The Salmon SuperHwy project (SSH), a multi-year, multiagency restoration project to remove barriers to fish passage and improve infrastructure, has made great progress in Tillamook County since its inception in 2012.
and expensive — the low hanging fruit. “We do feel that the project will be completed, and we keep building on our track record that will help secure funding to reach the finish line,” she said.
This sweeping project originated when some fisheries scientists and biologists wanted to identify the highest priority of in-stream barriers that were blocking fish passage. The group partnered with local businesses, local, state and federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations, citizens, and private landowners to develop the SSH coalition.
If a project didn’t make the top priority list in 2012, there is still a chance that it can get completed. “What we are finding is that there are various driving forces of projects, like some might have a really high habitat value and other projects have a higher infrastructure value,” said Zwissler. “So maybe the county is pushing the project forward because maybe a culvert is failing and there is an immediate danger of a road washing out. There are certainly a number of culverts that aren’t in the priority list but will need to be replaced eventually. We’re implementing adaptive management as we go.”
By working together, the group was able to define a cohesive project on the landscape scale rather than pick out single projects at a time and look at where they would get the most conservation return on the investment. “They went through a long process of choosing an area to try this pilot program and landed on Tillamook-Netsucca watershed for a number of reasons including high conservation value and high recovery potential,” said Sarah Zwissler, Trout Unlimited Salmon SuperHwy Coordinator. Together they identified, prioritized, and analyzed the costs of all of the projects that would be required to remove the remaining barriers in hundreds of streams to fish passage in the 940-square mile Tillamook and Nestucca watersheds. Many barriers are problem culverts at road crossings that contribute to flooding and road damage, along with some small dams and tide gates. Zwissler said over 260 barriers were initially identified. Fixing them all would have cost $140 million and taken 70 years at the current pace of project implementation. “They choose the highest priority barriers because at a certain point, there are diminishing returns,” explained Zwissler. “They landed at 93 barriers at an estimated cost of $34 million. The idea was to implement the entire project in 10 years.” Since then, work has been undertaken on many of the projects that were identified. After this construction season, 43 projects and 115 miles will be reconnected. “Our goal was 180 miles, which would reconnect 95 percent of the historical habitat available,” said Zwissler. “We are not quite halfway there. At seven years in, we aren’t quite meeting the 10-year timeline.” Zwissler said the early projects completed were complex
Zwissler said the SSH project is important to everybody. “These barriers are creating a situation where migratory fish cannot freely move through the stream system, and they can’t access the habitat they need for spawning,” she said. “Reopening these habitats not only allows fish to access those areas, but it also allows the natural stream process to resume so sediments and woods can move through the system.” Salmon, steelhead and other ocean-going fish need to access a wide range of different types of habitats throughout their freshwater life cycle to survive. Big, adult fish need to be able to travel from the ocean to reach spawning grounds in rivers and small streams, and juvenile fish need to access different habitat types to feed, mature and escape predators, storms and other dangers before eventually migrating out to sea. Liz Ransom, a fish biologist and Trout Unlimited restoration project manager, said although some salmon will spawn in areas not in their habitat, that situation is not ideal. “If it is one or two fish that are cut off from their habitat, they usually can find another spot. If it is hundreds or thousands, then that is a real issue,” said Ransom. “Even if they are trying to reproduce somewhere else, they are not necessarily successful because they are still trying to get back to their habitat.” Before an area is dried out for construction, a fish salvage is required to save any animals in the work area. Fish biologists use many methods to accomplish this, including electro shocking, seine netting, and dip netting. A few
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The project has also created jobs. A technical memo published by NOAA, Socioeconomic Benefits of Habitat Restoration, estimates that an average of 14 jobs are created for every $1 million invested in fish passage projects. “As of the end of this year, we’re at about $13 million invested in SSH which would equate to 182 jobs created,” said Zwissler.
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This is a pilot program and if it proves successful, it can be applied to other watersheds up and down the coast — a goal of the project. “How will our success be measured? We’ll go back and do monitoring to make sure fish are able to move through the passage,” said Zwissler. “We’ve been able to sustain our partnership, fund this effort and maintain broad community support for this. And by this measurement, we are successful.”
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Streams that carry the largest volume of water generally provide the best habitat, according to Laity. “When an undersized culvert fails due to storm damage, a road collapses. When the undersized culvert carrying a larger stream fails, the road damage can be
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Chris Laity, director of public works for Tillamook County, said the Salmon SuperHwy has had a significant impact on infrastructure. “This program fulfills a specific need from the transportation point of view,” said Laity. “Many of these culverts used to be bridges but were replaced with undersized culverts in the 1960s. Since they are no longer bridges, they are not eligible for bridge funding. Funding becomes available from ODOT only after they fail. When they were converted to culverts, the culverts were significantly undersized and became fish passage barriers.”
According to their website, hundreds of barriers in streams still create bottlenecks throughout Oregon's coastal watersheds, creating major problems for fish and people. Collectively, these barriers can also prevent the full benefit of decades of habitat restoration and other conservation investments from being realized. Minimizing these impacts across a major landscape will come with significant, lasting benefits to fish and people, now and into the future.
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Tillamook County has 4,000 culverts and one bridge for every 2.8 miles of road. Many undersized culverts are reaching the end of their service lives, leading to failing infrastructure all over the county. “The rusty, deteriorating culverts are being replaced, in many cases, with bridges that will last a long time,” said Zwissler. “They are allowing for high flows of water in winter storms to flow through and greatly increasing the safety and resilience of the transportation system.”
catastrophic. It is unlikely that the SSH projects would have occurred in the near future if the SSH did not exist.”
of the animals found most often in the Salmon Superhwy watersheds include salmon, trout, lamprey, sculpin, crayfish, and salamanders. “The different species are all placed in aerated buckets, counted and released downstream from the construction site,” explained Ransom. “For in-water construction to occur many permits must be obtained and operations must occur within the in-water work period. This period is designated by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and is chosen to avoid times when our sensitive and endangered fish species are most vulnerable.”
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