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Workers have completed phase one — a temporary reshaping of the dune west of Pacific Avenue — as part of a project that will connect scientific equipment on the Pacific’s seabed with a landing station in Pacific City.
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On Our Cover: Workers have finished the first stage of a project that will connect scientific equipment on the ocean’s sea-floor to a landing station in Pacific City. They Photo by Tim Hirsch reshaped the dune west of Pacific City to allow them to hook up with existing fiber optic cabling.
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Tillamook County Transportation is rolling out Thursday Dial-A-Ride service from Pacific City on Feb. 17. The service will leave the Kiawanda Community Center for Tillamook at 8:15 a.m. and embark on the return journey starting at 1 p.m. Pictured above is volunteer driver Don Sim, a four-year veteran of Dial-A-Ride.
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PACIFIC CITY — Starting Thursday, Feb. 17, South Tillamook County residents will be able to use Tillamook County Transportation’s Dial-A-Ride Service to travel to Tillamook on Thursdays. Preliminary fare will be $4 oneway or $8 for a round-trip ticket, but the TCTD’s Board of Directors has yet to set a permanent rate. The Pacific City service will depart Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, at 8:15 a.m. on Thursdays and arrive in Tillamook by 9 a.m. The nine-passenger van will leave Tillamook for its return to Pacific City at 1 p.m. A similar service will be added in North Tillamook County where Tuesday Dial-A-Ride service will begin on Feb. 15. That service will depart the North County Recreation District in Nehalem at 8:15 a.m. and arrive in Tillamook by 9 a.m. The return trip will also commence at 1 p.m.
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According to Matt Mumford, general manager of Tillamook County Transportation District, the additional service will help resolve one of the District’s longest running complaints — that you couldn’t take Dial-A-Ride to the City of Tillamook from other parts of the County. The service is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are available starting immediately until 3:30 p.m. the day before the service. If no one is scheduled for the vans, then the vans will not depart until their next regularly scheduled day. The nine-passenger Dial-A-Ride van includes two wheelchair tie-down stations. There will be approximately 15-20 minutes for the driver to pick up passengers in the respective cities and communities along the way. Mumford said that the transportation district is looking for passengers to meet the bus at their current locations, too, if possible. Temporary printed schedules will be available after Feb. 10. Schedules and times are subject to change for operational necessity. To confirm the correct schedules, times, and rates or for more information about TCTD’s programs and services, visit www.tillamookbus.com, on Facebook, or by calling THE WAVE at (800) 815-8283 or (503) 815-8283.
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Show us the money! Fire District remains at odds with proposed insurance settlement By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun PACIFIC CITY — The Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District has hired legal insurance specialist F.J. Maloney of Maloney, Lauersdorf and Reiner, PC, Attorneys at Law, to investigate whether the district’s insurance, Special Districts Association of Oregon, is playing fair. The decision to hire legal counsel was approved by the Board of Directors during a special meeting on Feb. 2. SDAO, who has contracted with Lexington of Kentucky for all but $500,000 of the district’s $3.5 million worth of insurance coverage, has offered a settlement, which is far short of what it would take to build a new structure in Hebo. To date, SDAO has paid Nestucca Fire $345,000. According to Gary Seide, who is working as a liaison between the insurance company and Nestucca Fire, SDAO has threatened dropping coverage unless the district accepts the settlement. Such tactics, he said, are business as usual for SDAO. “SDAO has always used intimidation,” said Seide. “If you don’t think this is a negotiation and that they’re trying to find a weak link, than you are sadly mistaken.” SDAO’s take is that they can rebuild and repair the fire station as it was for $610,000. The district, meanwhile, says that the county has indicated that, because of more stringent codes today than when the station was built, the site is no longer adequate for a critical infrastructure building like a fire station. “They are still of the opinion the fire station in Cloverdale is rebuildable,” said Chief Kris Weiland. “They do not share the opinion with the county that the site
is not acceptable for a fire station to be built on. They are pretty adamant that Cloverdale is rebuildable and (that a building there) doesn’t have to be built to any (increased) standards.” From the district’s point of view, they are only asking for like for like. Because the county has indicated they will not issue a building permit for the Cloverdale site, fire chief Kris Weiland they want to rebuild in Hebo on the property adjacent to Cedar Creek Child Care Center. Tillamook County has previously agreed to swap the Hebo property for the one in Cloverdale. Weiland said that one thing everybody agrees on is that it’s been a difficult situation from day one. “Everybody that’s involved in this from our agents to SDAO to the people at Lexington, as well as our attorney, say this has been handled poorly by everyone involved.” That said, Weiland is hoping the process is drawing to a close. “I really feel there is light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “We’re right at end of the phase of finding out what we’re going to do. I don’t want to see a drawn out court battle. Nobody is going to win and its not helping us get a new station built.” Nestucca Fire Board of Directors will next meet Wednesday, Feb. 16, at which time Weiland expects Maloney to present his initial findings. The meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. at the Pacific City Fire Station, replaces the board’s cancelled meeting that was to have been held on Feb. 9. For more information, call 503-9656014.
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Shifting sand! By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun PACIFIC CITY — Work has begun on the University of Washington’s effort to lay fiber optic cable that will bring detailed data from the ocean’s floor to scientists, classrooms and the general public by 2014 as part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. OOI is a multi-year project funded by the National Science Foundation that will feature cabled ocean observatories, which will monitor biological and geological happenings in the ocean via instruments that will be connected to regional scale nodes, which in turn will make landfall via fiber optic cable that will ultimately land in Pacific City. OOI reports that, when finished, the longterm observatories will provide real-time local investigations of global ocean phenomena that are crucial to maintaining the habitability of the planet. University of Washington is in charge of the regional scale nodes that will be placed on the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate, of which fiber optic cable that will make landfall at Pacific Avenue and eventually at the Tillamook Light Wave Cable Landing Station just off of Cape Kiwanda Drive is a critical piece. This portion of OOI will have instruments that will span from offshore sites near Newport to the eastern border of the Juan de Fuca plate, which is the tectonic plate that is submerging off Pacific City’s shoreline and carries with it the threat of major subduction zone earthquakes. One of the first steps in the process of bringing that data offshore began on Monday, Feb. 7 when crews began reshaping the dune that sits west of Pacific Avenue in Pacific City. The task at hand involved moving the dune seaward to gain access to a manhole that was once used by the now defunct PCT Cable Landing Station, which is now owned by Tillamook Light Wave. In the process, the dune was lowered from its previous elevation of 39 feet to 34 feet. University of Washington has enlisted the services of L3 MariPro to manage the sand moving operation, as well as the next phase of the project — installing conduit and cable that will run 5,000 feet seaward at depths up to 100 feet below the surface. Horizontal directional drilling will be used for the installation, a process that Cecile Durand, maintenance operations manager for the University of Washington’s Regional Scale Nodes, says is much more environmentally sensitive than digging a trench through the beach. Equipment for that 60- to 80-day process is expected to begin arriving in Pacific City as early as Feb. 15, with drilling expected to begin by week’s end. Two cables will head west of Pacific City, one of which will
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WORKERS have reshaped the dune west of Pacific Avenue to gain access to a manhole that was once used by the now defunct PCT Cable Landing Station, which is now owned by Tillamook Light Wave. In the process, the dune was lowered from its previous elevation of 39 feet to 34 feet. The University of Washington project, which is part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, will next install conduit and cable from the manhole to the Pacific where it will eventually hook up with regional scale nodes (at left) that will ultimately be connected to a series of scientific equipment. Image courtesy of OOI-RSN, University of Washington
loop down to the eventual nodes off of Newport and the other stretch all the way to Axial Seamount, an underwater volcano approximately 300 miles west of Cannon Beach on the Juan de Fuca plate. Out of concern for impact on fisheries, the conduit will not come up to the seabed until 20 meters of water depth. From there, the cable will be buried approximately 4 1/4 feet below the seafloor until the water reaches a depth of 1,300 meters. Crews will then begin the two-month process of
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pulling cable from an offshore boat to the manhole beginning in late June to early July. Around the same time they will also pull new cable through existing conduit that runs between the Pacific Avenue manhole and the Cable Landing Station off of Cape Kiwanda Drive, an installation that Durand expects to be completed within two weeks. For more information on the OOI project, visit www. oceanobservatories.org. Expanded coverage can also be found at www.pacificcitysun.com.
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PACIFIC CITY — During an early morning raid on Feb. 1 at the former Turn Around Motel in Pacific City, the Tillamook Narcotics Team found explosives which were seized by the OSP Bomb Squad. Residents Paul Springer and Sheri Bell were arrested at the scene. According to Sheriff Todd Anderson, the warrant was served with the assistance of the Oregon State Police SWAT Team, the OSP Bomb Squad, OSP Troopers and deputies from the Tillamook County Sheriff Office. “We asked the OSP SWAT Team to come down and assist with this search warrant because we believed that along with narcotics, firearms and possibly explosives would be found on the property,” said Anderson. “TNT detectives seized nearly three-quarters of an ounce of methamphetamine, an unspecified amount of marijuana, drug packaging, scales, drug records, prescription muscle relaxers, ammunition and two handguns; one of which was reported stolen.” Paul Springer was arrested and lodged at the
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Artists sought for Junior Duck Stamp Contest NEWPORT — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2011 Oregon Junior Duck Stamp Contest, administered by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, of which Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a part of. To participate, kindergartners through 12th-grade students are asked to draw, paint or color an original horizontallyoriented picture that is 9- by 12-inches featuring North American waterfowl species’ in their habitat. Full contest rules, a downloadable entry form, and a list of the permitted species can be found online at www.fws.gov/juniorduck. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is a nationwide competition, sponsored by the USFWS, which serves to foster student awareness and appreciation of waterfowl and their wetland habitat through art. Public, private, and home school students from kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to enter in this unique “conservation through the arts” program. A Junior Duck Stamp Contest has been held annually in Oregon since 1998. In 2010, Christine Swanson from West Linn won the competition with an acrylic painting of a Ring-necked Duck. Her painting went on to compete nationally and placed in the top 10. In addition to the art competition, there is also an opportunity for each young artist to provide a conservation message. The 2010 conservation message winner was Ally Chang from Portland. Ally is helping to promote awareness of our natural world through her statement, “Conservation is a way of life, conserving nature makes the world a more beautiful place for all.” The entries will be judged according to grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. In each of these grade categories there are 25 ribbons awarded; 3-First place, 3-Second place, 3-Third place, and 16-Honorable Mentions. The “Best of Show” is chosen from the 12 first-place winners and will represent Oregon at the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held April 15th at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia. All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation and have their original artwork returned. At the National level, there will be four cash prize winners. First Place will be awarded $5,000 and a free trip in the summer to attend the First Day of Sales Ceremony. Second Place will receive $3,000, Third Place will receive $2,000, and the National Conservation Message First Place winner will be awarded $500. A five-judge panel has been invited to participate in the selection process — Mark Nebeker, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Robyn Thorson, regional director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Peter Mathios, Freelance Artist; Esther Lev, The Wetlands Conservancy; and Cathy Macdonald, The Nature Conservancy. The judging event will be open for the general public to observe, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 24 at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Ave, Portland. The first-place art from the National contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for purchase at the cost of $5 from the U.S. Postal Service and from many National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of this collectable stamp support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools. For additional information or if you have questions regarding participation in the Junior Duck Stamp program, please contact Pam Johnson at 541-867-4550 or by e-mail at pam_johnson@ fws.gov. Entries and reference forms must be postmarked by March 15 and mailed to: Pam Johnson, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport, OR 97365.
Birds in your sights Registration opens on Feb. 15 for Birding & Blues By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun PACIFIC CITY — If you’re looking for an enriching outdoor experience this spring that is both educational and experiential, the 2011 Birding & Blues Festival has the perfect weekend for you! Registration for the eighth annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival will open Feb. 15 at www.birdingandblues.com. With insightful speakers sharing presentations at Kiawanda Community Center that range from conservation to the natural history of seabirds, and from the migrations trends of Vaux’s Swift to geese monCourtesy photo itoring, the festival, scheduled for featured speaker stephen shunk will be amongst April 8-10, offers enrichment for the those sharing insights about a variety of bird-related issues novice and experienced birder alike. at the 2011 Pacific City Birding & Blues Festival. RegisAnd field trips led by experienced tration for the annual event, which is set for April 8-10 at birders to the bird-rich ecosystems Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City, will open Feb. 15 at www.birdingandblues.com. of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Amongst the other highlights of the festival is a presentation Refuge, Clay Myers State Natural by the Oregon Coast Aquarium, live birds of prey demonArea and Neskowin promise to take strations, two nights of live blues featuring Kolvane and you up close to your favorite feaththe Ty Curtis Band and boat and kayak trips to Nestucca ered friend. Bay and Tillamook Bay. Field trips to birding destinations Registration for three days of like Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Clay Myers excursions and seminars is $30 for State Natural Area at Whalen Island will also be offered. adults, but even if you’re cashstrapped, Birding & Blues has somethe Pacific Ocean, bays, headlands, forests, rivers thing to offer young and old. and pastures — each a unique birding habitat. A free birds of prey demonstration will be Registration for the tour is $40. offered Friday evening and kids can help decoThose that would rather don dancing shoes rate the Kiawanda Community Center’s great than a pair of hiking boots will be treated to perhall in a children’s activity led by Mark and Kim formances by Kolvane on Friday, April 8 and the Cavatorta where kids will paint a series of bird Ty Curtis Band on Saturday, April 9 at Kiawanda banners. There will also be a complimentary Community Center. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. bird and wildlife photography presentation on Prices had not been set as of press time. Friday. And the music won’t be limited to the The festival is once again bringing a group Community Center performances. The Cooper of renowned speakers led by featured speaker Jennings Blues Root Duo will play a free concert Stephen Shunk of Paradise Birding, who is Friday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. at Twist Wine Bar debuting his presentation “Pacific Coast Water(503-965-6887) and the Purple Cats will keep the birds: Albatrosses, Sea Ducks & Sandpipers” at party rolling into the night when they rev up Birding & Blues. the amps at the Oar House Bar & Grill (503-965Or for a different vantage point, plan on 6001) that same night starting at 10 p.m. registering for one of the festival’s boating In another festival-related event, the musicexcursions. The festival is offering four 90-mininfused poetry of the Fisher Poets will offer up ute boat trips on Nestucca Bay on Saturday and their literary talent at Rowboat Gallery (503-965three kayak tours on the Nestucca on Sunday, 4590) on Saturday, April 9, starting at 5:30 p.m. as well as an all-day trip on Tillamook Bay on For more information on the 2011 Birding Friday. Boat trips on the Nestucca are $25 each, & Blues Festival or to register in advance, visit while the Tillamook Bay tour costs $50. And www.birdingandblues.com. Register early to back by popular demand is the Three Capes secure space in your preferred hiking excursion Scenic Tour, which takes birders on a 60-mile or boating trip. More information is also availround trip where they will be treated to views of able at www.pacificcitysun.com.
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Easing an eyesore County seeks funds for new restrooms at Cape Kiwanda By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun PACIFIC CITY — If Tillamook County Commissioners get their wish, the county parking lot and restroom facilities at Cape Kiwanda will get a facelift deserving of the scenic beauty and boundless outdoor recreation that this gateway to the Pacific provides. “The (current bathrooms) are unsightly,” said Tillamook County Commissioner Tim Josi, who serves as liaison to County Parks. “The department does their best to keep them clean, but they’re outdated and hard to maintain. It’s just an old, old facility that doesn’t blend well with its surroundings. It’s an eyesore.” As the first step in making the dream of updated facilities a reality, County Parks hired Scott Edwards Architecture to draw up preliminary plans and the associated cost estimates. The county now has the plans back that feature a new 840 square foot restroom
facility, a picnic area, dory ramp upgrades, a parking lot overlay and new parking spot striping and a rest area. As deserving as the Cape is for such an improvement, the plans are currently missing the most important piece — funding. In total, the upgrades are expected to ring in at $950,500. “I would put this in the category of almost like a field of dreams,” said Josi. That said, Josi is hard at work at securing enough funds to at least build the public restroom portion of the plan. The new restrooms, which would feature four stalls each for men and women, as well as a shower and an outside drinking fountain, are projected to cost the county $586,500. The County is now looking into securing monies from an Oregon State Marine Board Grant and a county local grant program that is aimed at parks. Once the County has a clearer picture of how much in grant money they can secure, Josi plans to communicate with the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce to let them know how big the hole in funding is. He said additional funding will be required, which he expects to come through donations from the Pacific City area and by taking out a loan for the balance. The one funding source that the county has already taken off the table is charging parking fees at the facility. Part of the restroom upgrade would include a picnic area, refuse enclosure and two ADA parking spaces.
CPAC to host destination resort presentation PACIFIC CITY — Developer John DeJong will present an update to a planned destination resort that would be built adjacent the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge at the Pacific City-Woods CPAC meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Pacific Coast Bible Church. The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m.
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Bottling up Oregon’s litter Oregon’s landmark “Bottle Bill” owes its origins to activists from Pacific City By SALLY RISSEL for the Sun PACIFIC CITY — 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the Oregon’s landmark “Bottle Bill.” Few people may know that this landmark legislation originated in Pacific City. Richard Chambers, with a summer home in Pacific City, started the whole ball rolling towards this environmental accomplishment. Richard Chambers hated politics. He liked to take long hikes across the Cascade Mountains and along the Oregon beaches. He cursed the sight of trash left behind and always carried a bag to pick up garbage. Whenever Richard was with his family in their Pacific City cabin he would bound out of bed and hike many miles along beach trails before anyone else was up. On one Sunday morning he had returned from his morning walk on Nestucca Spit and opened his newspaper to see an article where Vancouver B.C. had proposed a ban on nonreturnable bottles and cans. “That’s the answer!” he exclaimed. Moments later he rushed out of the house into the center of Pacific City to call friend Paul Hanneman from the only pay phone in town. At that time Hanneman was an Oregon state representative. He told Hanneman to come into the center of town right away. Paul sensed an emergency and rushed to Pacific City, where Chambers was standing at the intersection pointing to a big pile of garbage. “You got me up to look at a lost load of garbage?” asked Paul. “I know a way to stop this,” Chambers retorted. “Most of this garbage is bottles and cans. All we have to do is put a deposit on those bottles and cans and people will bring them back to stores.” His excitement and enthusiasm convinced Hanneman to introduce the idea at the next legislative session. But Chambers did not want to wait. Even before the start of the 1969 legislative session, he promoted his Bottle Bill idea. He launched his own lobbying campaign and wrote hundreds of letters to lawmakers and potential allies. He had traveled all over the world and collected odd stationery from hotels in Zaire and businesses in New Zealand. He typed his letters out using large block letters and even sometimes ran the paper through the typewriter diagonally. He used colorful envelopes and eye-catching stamps — anything he could think of to get the letter noticed and opened. And get noticed he did — earning an unusual set of allies including outdoorsmen’s organizations, grange associations, garden clubs and fledgling environmental groups. Paul Hanneman carried the bill from lawmaker to lawmaker, looking for cosponsors. Only two of the other 89 legislators signed on. Hannemen offered a compromise. Instead of banning nonreturnables, the bill would require a five-cent deposit as an incentive to return bottles and cans. Most legislators thought the bill frivolous or trivial. They held a courtesy hearing and Chambers and Hanneman rounded up supporters. Chambers brought in a McKenzie River guide who told about enormous amounts of litter he found along the McKenzie River. A farmer testified that four of his cows had died after eating metal and glass shards left from discarded beverage containers. To get ready for the big fight in the Legislature, Keith and Sue Delaney of Pacific City and the Han-
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PAUL HANNEMAN, above left, attended a recent dinner to honor those connected with the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Bottle Bill put on by recycling advocates and the Association of Oregon Recyclers and Environment Oregon. Also pictured is Vicki Berger, daughter of Richard Chambers and Don Waggoner from the Oregon Environmental Council. The year was 1968 and it was still three years before Oregon’s “Bottle Bill” became law. As part of a volunteer effort to persuade legislators in Salem that Oregonians would return containers for five cents, kids in Pacific City were paid one cent, from private donations, for each non-returnable bottle and can. The box was repeatedly emptied at the local dump. neman family built a large plywood box where kids could dump cans and bottles. Keith paid the kids one cent apiece out of his own pocket, since the cans had no refund value. Keith then would pick up the full box and take it to the landfill (before transfer station). The goal was to prove to the legislature that someone would pick up litter for even one cent a bottle. The bill alarmed foes. Big companies such as International Paper, Glass Bottle Blowers Association, SevenUp Bottling Company, and Reynolds Metals attacked the bill. Union lobbyists said that if the bill passed they would lose jobs. Lawmakers tried to secure at lest five of the nine committee members to promise to stall the bill in committee. Hanneman had quietly persuaded committee member Rep. Carrol Howe, from rural Klamath Falls and a Hanneman fishing buddy, to vote for the bill. Howe, and his brother, Harry, also had a summer home in Pacific City and a dory named “Here’s Howe.” Instead of the bill being tabled, it went forward with a five-to-four vote and would go to the house floor. Paul had to enthusiastically defend the bill on the floor because there was still much opposition. Of the house’s 60 members, 27 voted with Hanneman, three short of what was necessary to keep the bill alive. A frustrated Hanneman knew he needed another ally and called on Tom McCall to more vocally support the bill. McCall declined thinking the lawmakers were not ready to pass the bill. For his part, Chambers shrugged off the setback and went right back to his typewriter and started mailing more letters to tell politicians about the importance of the bill. In a turn of events in 1970, McCall announced that he would promote the bill. He made the bill his own and stunned bill opponents. The new momentum for the bottle bill thrilled Chambers. Page 8 • Pacific City Sun • February 11, 2011
“Companies were highly suspicious of Rich and what he was doing,” said his wife Kay Chambers. “They couldn’t believe that he wasn’t backed by somebody.” But now with McCall’s endorsement, several groups such as the Oregon Environmental Council came on board with a citizens lobbying campaign. The glass and metal and bottling companies also lined up their defenses and took out full page ads against the bottle bill. More than 20 major corporations sent lobbies to oppose bill HB 1036. Senators were even offered bribes in the promise of campaign contributions, if they would vote against the bill. Even with all this opposition, the senate approved HB1036, 22-8 on May 27, 1971 and McCall signed the bill into law. Chambers was in the gallery when the senate read the roll call, and he quietly left the gallery for home. He didn’t call a press conference or throw a victory party. He knew his dream had been accomplished. He died three years later. But before Chambers died, friends successfully urged McCall to award him the state’s new Clean Up Pollution Award. It was a small ceremony and Chambers declined to speak. People urged him to take his idea to other states and his family wanted him to tell his extraordinary story before he died. But he always refused. “I accomplished what I set out to do,” he said. “And I don’t (care) what the rest of the world has done with its litter, because now Oregon has this bill.” Richard’s daughter, Vicki Berger, is a member of the Legislature from Polk County. The family still owns the house in Pacific City. Thanks to Paul Hanneman for supplying this file of information about the Oregon Bottle Bill. Credit also goes out to Brent Walth whose in-depth article about the Bottle Bill in the 1994 Oregon Historical Quarterly was a critical resource for this story.
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By GUY HOLZWORTH for the Sun The Nestucca Neskowin Watershed Council and its volunteers celebrated many accomplishments during 2010. Beginning in March 2010, 55 Council volunteers removed over 52 cubic yards of invasive Scotch Broom located along McPhillips Road near Pacific City. During that same season, the Council worked with five landowners to plant 16 acres along 2.7 miles of streams within the basin. The plantings took place primarily on Powder Creek, the Little Nestucca, and the Big Nestucca Rivers. Some of the plants the Council uses are propagated by students at our Native Plant Nursery located at Nestucca Valley Elementary school. We hold classes at both Nestucca and Neskowin Valley Schools with grades 4 through 6. Currently, students at both schools Photos courtesy of Nestucca-Neskowin-Sandlake Watershed Council have 200 plants ready for use in 2011 and 600 more started THE NESTUCCA-NESKOWIN-SAND LAKE WATERSHED COUNCIL counts a clean-up at the for 2012 restoration efforts. Sandlake Estuary, above, and a plant propagation In July and August, the class as two of its 2010 accomplishments. Council restored a section of Fall Creek, located in the Neskowin watershed. The project removed barriers to fish passage in the channel. The creek now has improved fish passage to over 2 miles of excellent habitat on Cascade Head. Finally, in October, the Council completed and submitted preliminary designs for a dam removal project on Farmer Creek. Farmer Creek has been an area for past plantings and, some may recall, a fish carcass tossing event. During 2010, the Council’s Special thanks this year to Tillamook Soil restoration proj& Water Conservation District for partects brought in over $271,000 of work nering at Powder Creek. The Council reto Tillamook County. We use Nestucca placed a small culvert and planted trees Connections, Oregon Youth Authority while the District fenced the two miles of and local contractors to accomplish our riparian area. Way to go Ray Monroe! work. Council meetings in 2010 include Current projects for 2011 include public speakers on Effective Streamstreamside planting of 12 acres along 2.5 side Management for Clean Water held miles of streams in the watershed and, jointly with Tillamook Soil & Water Conif funded, removing a small dam on servation District, Tillamook Estuaries Farmer Creek. Additional future work Partnership on the Nestucca Water Trail, on Farmer Creek includes placing wood and Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife on in the stream and replacing a large road Chinook surveys of the Nestucca River. culvert. The Council is working with Participation at our council meetTillamook County and the US Forest ings, riparian plantings, educational Service on several projects to complete workshops, and Bay cleanup is always restoration at Farmer Creek. welcome. The next cleanup is scheduled The Council elected two new Board for Saturday, March 12, 2011. Volunteers members in 2010: welcome Stephanie are needed, so mark your calendars. Starostka Welch and Guy Sievert! We More information anytime can be thank all Council Volunteers for their found at Council’s website at www. support in restoring the Nestucca, oregoncoast.com/nnwc. Neskowin & Sand Lake Watersheds.
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Cello-piano duo returns Chamber Music Series welcomes Finckle and Han Feb. 20 at Camp Winema WINEMA — Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, ranked among the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians, will perform a repeat engagement at the Chapel at Camp Winema on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. as part of Neskowin Chamber Music’s 2010-2011 season. In high demand among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo appears regularly in concerts across the U.S. and in Mexico, Canada, the Far East, and Europe. Their repertoire spans the entire literature for cello and piano, with an equal emphasis on the classics and the contemporary works. Their performances have garnered praise from the public and the press. London’s Musical Opinion said “They enthralled both myself and the audience...” Beyond their recital activities, Finckel performs as cellist of the Grammy award-winning Emerson String Quartet, which has won eight Grammy Awards, including two honors for “Best Classical Album.” Both Finckel and Han have served as artistic directors of The Chamber Music of Lincoln Center since 2004. They are also the founders and artistic directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley. Countless young artists’s careers have benefited from their nurturing through their teaching activities and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. For many years, the two taught with the late Isaac Stern at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. In addition to their busy schedule of performances, the duo also runs ArtistLed, classical music’s first musiciandirected and Internet-based recording company. All 12 ArtistLed recordings have met with critical acclaim and are available via the company’s website at www.artistled.com. This season, the organization releases its 13th recording, an album of clarinet trios by Beethoven, Brahms, and Max Bruch, featuring clarinetist David Shifrun. The performance is at 3 p.m. at Camp Winema, three miles north of Neskowin, just west of Highway 101.
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KATHLEEN AND FRIENDS RECITAL Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by PCAA. Kathleen Serven and friends will sing Baroque songs, arias from operas, a comic duet and other pieces. Adult admission $10. Call 503965-6464 to reserve ticket.
YOUR HEART’S DESIRE Feb. 12, 6-9:30 p.m. Kiwanda Community Center. Fundraiser for CAP Art Literacy Program. Chocolate desserts, wine, beer, sparkling cider. Art sale, student art, silent auction, raffle. Tickets $25 advance; $30 at the door. Call 503-392-4581.
YOUR HEART’S DESIRE: BENEFIT SALE Feb. 11 & 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Artwork by more than 35 local artists. Proceeds go to CAP Art Literacy Program. Free admission.
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LIVE MUSIC: DESIDARATUM Feb. 12, 9 p.m.-close. Oar House Bar & Grill, 34455 Brooten Rd. Rock hits from the 70’s to today. 503-965-6001. “SMALL WONDERS” QUILT EXHIBIT AND OPEN HOUSE Feb. 13, noon-4 p.m. Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, 2105 Wilson River Loop Rd. Andrea Balosky’s doll quilts will be on show through March 6. Balosky’s quilts are tributes to friends, family and others that she admires, including Desmond Tutu and Rosa Parks. Admission to the open house is free. For information, call 503-842-8622. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING Feb. 15, 6 p.m. Nestucca Valley Jr./Sr. High School. On agenda is discussion of qualifications for new superintendent, screening process, and application contents. 503-392-4892. NESTUCCA, NESKOWIN & SAND LAKE WATERSHEDS COUNCIL MEETING Feb. 15, 6 p.m. Kiawanda Community Center. Agenda includes restoration work updates, two proposals, and Nestucca Bay Clean Up. oregoncoast.com/nnwc. 503-965-2200. TRIVIA NIGHT Tuesdays, Feb. 15 & 22. Pelican Pub & Brewery, located at the beach at Cape Kiwanda. Call 503-965-7007 for more information.
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NESTUCCA VALLEY COMMUNITY ALLIANCE MEETING Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Kiawanda Community Center, Fireside Room. Agenda includes discussion by Tillamook Futures Council, a presentation on horizontal drilling, and
BINGO NIGHT Wednesday, Feb. 16 & 23, 7-9:30 p.m. Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr. $1 cards, good for 12 games. Cash prizes. All ages. 503-965-7900. DINE OUT FOR SCHOOLS Wednesdays, Feb. 16 & 23, after 4 p.m. Pelican Pub & Brewery, 33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr. 10% of food proceeds after 4 p.m. go to local area schools. 503-965-7007. KARAOKE WITH WENDY Thursdays, Feb. 17 & 24, 9 p.m.-close. Oar House Bar & Grill, 34455 Brooten Rd. 503965-6001. 15% FOR SCHOOLS Thursdays, Feb. 17 & 24. Sportsman’s PubN-Grub, 34975 Brooten Rd. 15% of food and merchandise sales goes to local schools. 503-965-9991. NESKO WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING Feb. 18, 11:15 a.m. Hudson House Bed & Breakfast. $10 lunch. Theme - Romance. Speakers will be Theresa or Richard Hasting from Litehouse Chocolates speaking on candy making. Newcomers welcome. Reservations by Feb. 13 - call 503-965-6875 to make reservations. SOUTH TILLAMOOK COUNTY LIBRARY STORY TIME Fridays, Feb. 18 & 25, 1-2:30 p.m. 6200 Camp St. in Pacific City. 503-965-6163. PACIFIC CITY-WOODS CPAC MEETING Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. Pacific Coast Bible Church. On the agenda is an update on a
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NESKOWIN — In January, middle-school students at Neskowin Valley School completed a special four-week course based on digital materials from the William Stafford Archives website, www.williamstaffordarchives. org. Led by Friends of William Stafford member John Fiedler, a teacher at the school, the students researched multiple versions of several poems, studied Stafford’s prosody and wrote drafts of their own poems. Visitors to a school reception were treated to students describing their study with a display board and research tools from the archives website. Neskowin Valley School hosted the course Courtesy photo as part of its outreach program, Students Explore William Stafford Archives website during Friday Community School. Neskowin Valley School’s January Friday School. The next session of four Fridays of Friday School, February able on the Neskowin Valley School website, www. 18-March 11, will feature similar elective courses for neskowinvalleyschool.com. The program is sup1st-8th-grade students from public or home schools ported by grants from the James and Marion Miller who do not attend school on Fridays. Courses for this Foundation, with matching funds from the Collins session include Radio Theater, Cooking with MiFoundation, Rose E. Tucker Foundation, Autzen crobes, and Planet Science. The full schedule is availFoundation and Swigert Foundation.
OSBA to lead superintendent search By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun CLOVERDALE — The Nestucca Valley School District Board of Directors voted 4-3 to employ the Oregon School Board Association to lead a search to replace retiring Superintendent Connie Kennedy during the board’s Feb. 7 meeting. Board members Annis Leslie, Penny Love, Steve Dotson, and Bill Hagerty voted for the proposal. Ken Henson, Diane Boisa and Amy Seymour cast the dissenting votes. “We really need to think about saving money,” said Seymour. As part of the hiring process, OSBA will be inquiring of staff and community members what qualities and skills they would like to see in Nestucca’s next superintendent. The board is also considering how they will structure the next superintendent position as Nestucca has a history of hiring superintendents that serve half-time in an additional role. Kennedy was hired as a half-time superintendent, half-time special education director while the previous two superintendents served half-time as principals. That said, things have changed a bit since Kennedy took the helm. Due to budget constraints, the district has since cut two and a half positions in the business department and two elementary school staff members that were tasked with handling behavior issues. In addition, the middle school was closed and sixth graders were moved to the elementary and seventh and eighth graders to the high school. To facilitate the discussion around the ideal future superintendent of NVSD, the board of directors will welcome Donna Herren of OSBA to facilitate a community discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Nestucca Valley
Jr./Sr. High School starting at 6 p.m. “I am hoping that the board will be able to come to a decision on how they want the position structured and also the skills and experience that they want the person to have that’s going to step into this position,” said Kennedy. Prior to the decision to go with an OSBA executive search, the board had questions about one cost-saving proposal — that of hiring current junior-senior high school Principal Randy Wharton to serve double duty. Board member Ken Henson asked Wharton how he felt about serving as principal/superintendent. Wharton said that, if offered, he would be interested in the position because he believed it would be a doable proposition and it would save the district a lot of money. “You guys pay me quite a bit to be principal,” said Wharton. “ For a small amount, I can do (the superintendent) job and continue (to serve as) high school (principal) as well.” He added that he felt confident that he could lean on two staff members that are currently licensed administrators for support. “I’ve worked closely with the last three superintendents, and I think I understand their job real well,” he said. “I think I can save the district somewhere between $75,000 and $100,000 and put that back in the general fund.” The one hitch for Wharton was that he was probably not interested in applying if the board went forward with an executive search, but didn’t specify his reasoning other than saying it was not because it was this way or else. “There are other things involved,” he said.
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TILLAMOOK — Conflict Solutions for Tillamook County is holding a series of training classes designed to get volunteers up to speed on how to serve as an impartial mediator in an effort to resolve disputes via voluntary agreements. Facilitated by D. Scott Allen and held at the Northwest Regional Educational Service District, 2410 5th Street, Tillamook, classes are scheduled to take place on three Thursday evenings and three all-day Saturdays. The upcoming training events are scheduled for Feb. 24, 6-9 p.m.; Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; March 3, 6-9 p.m., March 5, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; March 10, 6-9 p.m.; and March 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Conflict Solutions will provide lunch during the all-day sessions. Class participants will learn and practice the mediation process through a step-by-step procedure; increase their effectiveness in listening to and communicating with people in conflict; assist disputants to reach mutually satisfying agreements; enhance negotiation skills; work with strong emotions respectfully and constructively - especially with the disputing parties face to face; manage cross-cultural differences; respond to ethical dilemmas that arise in mediation; and develop strategies to deal with various elements of conflict. Certificates of completion are provided for this 32hour instruction, which satisfies State of Oregon training requirements to become a community volunteer mediator. Volunteer opportunities to continue their mediation education will be offered to applicants as follow up to their training experience. The program is free to volunteers who commit to the mediation program for one year, $175 for those committing to six months and $250 for all others. To serve as a mediator with Conflict Solutions, volunteers must complete a minimum of 30 hours of training including at least six hours of participation in no less than three supervised role plays. Qualifications for volunteer mediators include good communication skills, the ability to respect differences and the dedication to maintain confidentiality. During the mediation process, volunteers help those in conflict think about individual needs and interests, clarify differences and find common ground. The goal is for both parties to come to a voluntary agreement. For more information on the mediation program, contact Tillamook Solutions Program Coordinator Marie Heimburg at 503-842-1812, extension 4 or at mheimbur@ co.tillamook.or.us.
TCCC awards $7,825 TILLAMOOK — The Tillamook County Cultural Coalition has awarded six grants for a total of $7,825 in contributions to 2011 events and activities including the Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival and the Nestucca Honor Society, which will use the funds to purchase books for the South County Celebration of Language and Literature. Grant funds were also awarded to the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum to support a Poet Laureate Workshop and Performance, to Jose Solano to support activities in Nehalem, Bay City, Tillamook and Pacific City during National Hispanic Heritage Month, to the Hoffman Center for activities during the Dark and Stormy Book Weekend, and to the Bay City Arts Center for their production of oral histories of Tillamook County. Grant funds come from the Oregon Cultural Trust. For information about the Oregon Cultural Trust, visit www.culturaltrust.org. For information on TCCC, visit www.tcpm.org/tccc.htm.
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A RE A churchES Beaver community church, 24675 Hwy. 101 S., Beaver. 503398-5508. E-mail: pastorjoshgard@ hotmail.com. A non-denominational Bible-believing church that loves families. Weekly Sunday School all ages, 9:45; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; High School Youth Group, 6 p.m. Cloverdale Baptist Church, 34464 Bridge Street, Cloverdale. 503392-3104. Sunday School at 10 a.m., Sunday Worship at 11 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday prayer at 7 p.m. Countryside Church of the Nazarene, 19005 Hwy. 101 S., Cloverdale. 503-398-5454. Hebo Christian Center, 31350 Hwy. 101 S, Hebo. 503-392-3585. Sunday school 9:15 a.m., Sunday worship 10:30 a.m., Wednesday night 6:30 p.m. Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church, 35305 Brooten Road, Pacific City OR (503) 965-6229. 9 a.m. Sunday School; 10 a.m. Worship; Friday 10 a.m. Bible Study. Nestucca Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3800 Hwy 101, Cloverdale, (3 miles north of Pacific City) 503-392-4111. Pastor Greg Brothers. Services Saturday 9:30 a.m.-noon. Fellowship Dinner every week following services. All visitors welcome Pacific Coast Bible Church, 35220 Brooten Road, Pacific City. 503965-7222. A Bible-believing/Christcentered Church. Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m., Sunday school 11 a.m., Youth group 4 p.m. Also Weekly Bible Studies. St. joseph’s Catholic Church, 34560 Parkway Drive, Cloverdale. 503-392-3685. Weekend mass: Saturday at 6:30, Sunday at 9:30. WiNeMa Christian Church, 5195 WiNeMa Road, Cloverdale, OR. 503-392-3953. Proclaiming the Word of God in the historic Chapel on WiNeMa Camp Campus. Sunday Worship at 10:45 a.m. with Bible School at 9:30 a.m.
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Nestucca students lauded by AAUW TILLAMOOK — Nestucca High School students Arica Sears, Andrea Kenagy and Morgan Remington were amongst the eight young women honored by the Tillamook branch of the American Association of University Women at the ninth annual “Young Women of Courage“ student recognition reception for female students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) on Sunday, January 23. Sears was recognized for excellence in mathematics, Kenagy earned praise for her proficiency in science and Remington was called out for her mastery of technology. Other students honored were Tillamook High School Students Anna Wenzel (mathematics), Victoria Calloway (science) and Brooke Loffelmacher (technology). Held at Tillamook Bay Community College’s central campus in Tillamook, these senior students were chosen for their excellence in Science, Technology, or Mathematics by their respective teachers. Speaker Lisa Phipps spoke of her educational experiences in environmental science and law. The honorees were gifted a copy of the book “Reach for the Stars.” Phipps also led the young women in a panel discussion on their own experiences and plans for the
AAUW AWARD WINNERS are: (front row, from Left to right) Brooke Loffelmacher, Tillamook H.S.; Technology; Andrea Kenagy, Nestucca HS, Science; and Arica Sears, Nestucca HS, Math; (Back row, left to right): Erika VanLoo, Neah-Kah-Nie HS, Math; Tory Callaway, Tillamook HS, Science; Morgan Remington, Nestucca HS, Technology; Rachel Porter, Neah-Kah-Nie HS, Science; and Anna Wenzel, Tillamook HS, Math. future. All attendees were impressed by the quality of the students and their many academic and co-curricular accomplishments. Up north, Nea-Kah-Nie High School teachers nominated Erika VanLoo for her excellence in mathematics and Rachel Porter for her excellence
District faces environmental lawsuit By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun CLOVERDALE — Nestucca Valley School District is facing a $174,999 suit filed by Victor and Maile Samek, who own a lot adjacent Nestucca Jr./Sr. High School. The complaint, which is currently being handled by Property and Casualty for Education, the district’s insurance carrier, alleges that the district trespassed onto their property and disposed of debris, rubbish, junk and waste into a ravine. The suit, which was filed in January, is seeking up to $149,999 for damages and up to $25,000 for economic damages. The complainants are asking for an injunction to remove the district’s water line, as well one that would require the district to clean up the debris. According to Superintendent Connie Kennedy, the district has had a easement on the Samek property that dates back to at least the 1940s. The district relies on the water line as a
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water source for the junior/senior high school. She added she is confident that the district would at least win the day over the placement of the water line because of the easement. Kennedy said that debris became an issue for the Sameks when they spotted a community member dumping debris in February of 2009. She said that to her knowledge, Nestucca has not put anything in the ravine in question — at least not in the last three or four years. “I believe nothing has been dumped out there (by the school district) at least since Randy (Wharton) has been principal,” she said. She added that prior to that, there may have been a misunderstanding about where the property line was. She noted that after inspecting the site, there is a “very strong possibility that there are some things down there that are school related from years ago.” Wharton said that the only possible recent refuse that could have been deposited by the district is debris from the current high school’s construction.
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“There might be (some construction debris), but if there is, (construction crews) did it against my instruction,” said Wharton. Kennedy said that depending on the decision reached —either by the courts or through a settlement — the district’s coverage with PACE may not be enough. “I don’t believe we have enough coverage for the entire cost if they were to win the entire $175,000 plus the cost to move the water main and clean up the property,” said Kennedy. On advice from PACE, the district is not offering to clean the area up. Instead, they did offer a settlement, an amount that went above and beyond the bid the district got on what it would cost to clean up the area. That offer was denied. “By going forward and doing (a clean-up), we (would) be responsible for anything found on the property in perpetuity,” said Kennedy. “At this point, we are leaving it to the lawyers to work itself out.”
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‘Cats bow out with loss against Knappa By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun
CLOVERDALE — Even a packed house couldn’t will Nestucca to a triumph during the ‘Cats final home game of the season. Outshot, outhustled and outquicked, the Bobcats fell 60-26 to the Neah-Kah-Nie Pirates (10-12). Not only were the shots not falling for the ‘Cats (7-17), but on too many possessions they didn’t even get the chance to take a shot on goal. “We turned the ball over way too many times,” said Head Coach Jim Kiser. “It’s something that we’ve struggled with all season. Teams that are bigger and more athletic than us get into us defensively.” The lackluster effort followed a solid 38-35 win against Faith Bible (1111) on Saturday, Feb. 5. Mike Tipton had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort. “He’s one of the harder workers on the team,” said Kiser. “He’s come a long ways. It’s getting to the point where I expect games like this out of him every game.” The Pirates were lead by Scott Porter whose 24 points nearly matched the ‘Cats total. Kiser said it was Porter’s performance coupled with a cast of players that performed above Kiser’s expectations that made Nestucca’s inability to hold onto the ball all the worse. Photo courtesy of ShelleyHarding.zenfolio.com The boys played a little bit betDESPITE AN 11-point, 7-rebound effort by junior Mike Tipton, above, ter even if the score didn’t indicate it the Nestucca Bobcats lost their final home game, 60-26 to the Neahtwo days later when they traveled to Kah-Nie Pirates on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Head Coach Jim Kiser lamented the Knappa to take on the powerful Log‘Cat inability to handle the Pirates’ pressure defense as the turnovers gers. Though the ‘Cats kept it close earkept stacking up for Nestucca throughout the game. Two days later, the ly, they eventually succumbed to the ‘Cats season came to a halt when they were overpowered by 7th-ranked size and athleticism of the 7th-ranked Knappa, 68-37. In that contest, the ‘Cats kept things interesting for a Loggers (21-2), losing 68-37. quarter and a half thanks to increased effort and energy, said Kiser. Nestucca was actually only down Nestucca finished the season with an overall record of 7-17. 13-12 near the close of the first quarter, but started the second period down 17-12 after Knappa got two easy looks sively.” at the end of the opening quarter. Other top Bobcat scorers were Nik Ahn, with 8, and “Eventually, they just wore us down,” said Kiser. Case Roos, who chipped in 7 points. “They are a big, physical team and are fundamentally Though once again turnovers doomed the ‘Cats, sound.” Kiser was pleased with the way the boys came out The pressure defense of the more athletic Logagainst one of the state’s best. gers turned Nestucca into mostly a jump-shooting “The kids played hard all night long. They came team. Leading Nestucca’s balanced scoring was Leith out with more energy than on Tuesday night (vs. the Seymour, who scored 8. Kiser said Seymour played Pirates),” he said. “as well as he has all year both offensively and defen-
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Lady ‘Cats finish with 5-19 record By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun CLOVERDALE — A solid defense effort by the Lady ‘Cats in which the Nestucca girls held NeahKah-Nie to under 40 points — well below their average — was all for not as the girls dropped their final home game to the Pirates, 37-23. Head Coach B.J. Chatelain once again chalked the loss by his young team up to inexperience and a depleted roster. “They’ve improved a lot over the season,” he said. “We won two more games than last year. That’s steady improvement. Neah-Kah-Nie (13-9) is in the playoff hunt and a pretty decent team. We just didn’t get it done.” The Lady ‘Cats were led by Brianna Chatelain’s 11 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort. The ‘Cats (5-19) concluded their season with a trip to Knappa (17-6) on Feb. 10, where they lost to the Loggers, 42-15.
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