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As part of its effort to develop an updated Sewer Master Plan, the Pacific City Joint Water-Sanitary Authority installed wastewater flow meters at three strategic locations in its system on June 29 and 30. Authority manager Kirk Medina told the Sun that the meters will help PCJWSA identify how much sewer capacity it has in different areas of its system. To do that, the plan is to have the meters in place for nine months. During that time, the monitors will continuously monitor and provide the Authority with hourly flow data. “We (will be able to) see what maximum flows are during peak hours and peak days,” Medina told the Sun. “The data will be used to help us predict future capacity for growth.” Noting that since transient lodging reopened, water and sewage flows have returned to within 5 percent of what they were a year ago, he said he does not believe that COVID will impact the data collected. The Sewer Master Plan is expected to be completed by June 2021.
First responders conduct rescue operation after boat capsizes
FIRST RESPONDERS answered the call on July 15 after a 12-foot rigid inflatable boat capsized near the mouth of Nestucca Bay. A 19-year man survived without injury but emergency workers were unable to resuscitate a 73-year-old West Linn man, who was unresponsive when recovered from the water.
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Emergency crews responded on Wednesday, July 15 to a Tillamook County Communications District 911 call that reported a 12-foot rigid inflatable boat with two occupants had capsized south of Haystack Rock. The call came in at approximately 10:49 a.m. According to the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, the boaters had just finished laying crab pots in the bay and had gone out to the ocean to do some fishing. Reportedly, they had been out in the ocean approximately 10 minutes when they had a sudden motor shift and were capsized by a swell. The initial caller, a 19-year-old man from southeast Portland, was one of the boat’s occupants and was reportedly on top of the overturned boat. He was reporting the other occupant, a 73-year-old man from West Linn, was still in the water, 30 feet from his boat, unresponsive, and drifting farther away. First responders from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, The US Coast Guard, Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District, and an Adventist Health-Tillamook Ambulance were dispatched to assist. North Lincoln Fire and Netarts Fire & Rescue were also on hand thanks to a mutual aid agreement with NRFPD. At approximately 11:13 a.m., the 73-year-old man was located and pulled from the water by personnel aboard a USCG
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CELEBRATORY GATHERINGS may have been canceled due to social distancing concerns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but be it decorations or flags waving in the breeze, many throughout South Tillamook County still found ways to honor our nation’s birthday on July 4. Above, there may have been no “Walkabout” commemorating Independence Day in Neskowin, but some homeowners (above) still paid tribute to the 4th of July. And some kids (as seen at right) appeared to revel in their own personal patriotic parade.
INDEPENDENCE DAY was remembered in both Cloverdale (above) and Pacific City as flags adorned Highway 101 in downtown Cloverdale and the Beachy Bridge in Pacific City.
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THE BEACH AT CAPE KIWANDA has hosted crowds seemingly as large as ever — most notably on 4th of July (above).
Commissioner Baertlein reflects on the pandemic’s impact to the county By BILL BAERTLEIN Tillamook County Commissioner As we move through this pandemic, we are all facing challenges we never anticipated. The board of commissioners closed county buildings to all but essential staff. We placed Tillamook County on lockdown and went beyond the Governor’s mandates to protect citizens from the many tourists who could potentially bring the coronavirus into our community during spring break. We worked closely with our medical community to ensure the safety of our citizens. We believe everyone’s hard work has helped to suppress the coronavirus and whether it was luck or our due diligence, I think some of the closures we instituted certainly made a difference. So where are we today? We went from six cases to 15 (at the time of this writing) in a very short time. The good news is that we were prepared and completed the contact tracing and screenings necessary to isolate cases. A big thank you to our healthcare community! The bad news is that the coronavirus continues to spread. It appears that one of the top methods of slowing this virus down and keeping our businesses open is for everyone to wear face coverings. Wearing a face covering is a small ask to keep us from going back into a complete shutdown. How has the pandemic changed access to county facilities? County buildings are public buildings and everyone entering is required to wear a face covering. We are required to follow the same rules as the business community. Employees of the county may remove their face covering when they get to their workstation if they can maintain six-foot social distancing. Entry to the courthouse is through the south entrance and by appointment only. Making an appointment to conduct county business has proven a successful way to keep our doors open in a safe and effective manner and allows staff to provide needed
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TILLAMOOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER Bill Baertlein explains restrictions, concerns revolving around COVID-19 pandemic. services. The phone numbers needed to make appointments are located on the county website and at the south entrance of the courthouse. How has the pandemic changed public access to commissioners’ meetings? Due to the social distancing restrictions for our meeting rooms, we offer teleconference options for our 8 a.m. Wednesday workshops and livestreaming and teleconference options for our 10 a.m. board meetings. Both audio and livestream options are listen-only. Public comments may be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I value public participation and miss not having the public attend our meetings. It does however appear that far more people are now attending remotely by watching the livestream and listening on the phone. To better connect with the community, we also started a Community Update teleconference every Friday morning at 8 a.m. During this meeting legislators, community health providers, mayors, county com-
missioners, and others, provide updates and valuable information about what we are seeing and doing during the pandemic. To extend the reach to more of the public, this Community Update teleconference is livestreamed on KTIL-FM 95.9. What about tourists potentially bringing the virus into our community? First, I want to emphasize that our transient lodging providers have been very responsible with their reopening. These businesses are exceeding many of the federal and state recommendations and are diligently informing and educating guests about face coverings and social distancing. Also, working with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Tillamook County has temporarily closed beach access in Pacific City to automobiles except for boat launching. OPRD is facing severe budget cuts and has been forced to significantly reduce staff, including the elimination of rangers for beach enforcement at Cape Kiwanda. We received over 100 public comments concerning closing the beach access to vehicles, and while not popular with everyone, just over half of the comments stated how pleasant and clean the beach has become without vehicles. It may be time to look at making this a permanent closure to all but boat launching. Finally, we are all under tremendous stress during this COVID-19 pandemic, along with the social unrest due to social equity issues in our nation. Many of us are stuck at home and unable to socialize and are becoming frustrated. These factors can cause anger and intolerance. I find that I can be short tempered and frequently need to apologize for a statement or comment I have made. It is time for us all, including me, to take a step back to appreciate what we have in our special county. Let’s continue supporting each other as we overcome this challenging time together. Enjoy the feel of sunshine if it ever happens! Enjoy our great outdoors and hiking opportunities.
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By TIM HIRSCH of the Sun Are you, in the name of safety, staying close to home during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, one way to bring a touch of the outdoors inside is to add a little plant life. Enter Cloverdale’s own Curious Plants & Treasures where you can find a wide selection of plants and décor for your domicile. While the store was introduced to the public last February, that debut was shortlived due to the state-mandated COVID closures. But since June, the unique shop has once again opened its doors to those seeking a fresh look for their home. Owned and operated by Linda Fiedler, Curious Plants & Treasures is open noon-4 p.m., Friday through Sunday, at 34380 Highway 101, Cloverdale. Inside, shoppers can choose from a variety of small succulents, hand-made terrariums, and Kokedamas, a Japanese method of planting ornamental house plants in mosscovered balls. Visitors can also find locally made soaps and body butters as well as local jewelry and ceramics. And there’s something for every price range with small succulents for as little as $3, terrariums starting at $50, and Kokedamas priced at $75. Fiedler also makes flower arrangements for weddings and special events. “I am a fan of plants and flowers and so I wanted to have a store that was heavy on house plants, greenery and also wanted to showcase some locally made products here,” she says. “I wanted to have fun things like terrariums and stuff that kids can enjoy. I try to get plants that you’re not going to find at Fred Meyer or Home Depot and always try to have an unusual variety.” Though the shop is a relative newcomer to the area, Fiedler says she’s already received rave reviews. “People like the energy in the store,” she says. “It’s kind of a cross between Harry Potter and a Hobbit house. My favorite part is meeting people. Everyone is so nice. It’s just a good opportunity to meet (others) and talk to them at the shop.” Fiedler also believes that Cloverdale is the right spot for a quaint shop like Curious. “I think this little strip of Cloverdale has a lot of potential for revitalization,” she says. “I see people stop and want to spend time here and I also see a lot of locals that appreciate having a store like this.” For more information about Curious Plants & Treasures, call 971-373-3276 or visit the shop in downtown Cloverdale.
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CURIOUS PLANT & TREASURES owner/operator Linda Fiedler offers a wide variety of plants and décor at her shop in downtown Cloverdale. The shop is open Friday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
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A DRIVER OF A 2020 FREIGHTLINER RENTAL TRUCK suffered fatal injuries the morning of July 4 after his northbound truck reportedly crossed the southbound lane of Highway 101 just south of Pacific City, went off the road and struck a tree. Oregon State Police are reporting the truck veered off course for unknown reasons. The driver, Christopher Parks, 31, of Portland, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Following the incident, Highway 101 traffic was slowed at the location but remained open during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District, Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Emergency Board approves more than $200 million from Coronavirus Relief Fund for Oregonians in need The legislative Emergency Board approved more than $200 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars on July 14 in an effort to provide further economic support for Oregonians and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “Today, the Legislature took significant additional steps to assist vulnerable Oregonians whose lives have been turned upside down over the last few months,” House Speaker Tina Kotek said. “This funding will bring much-needed help to those who are facing the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, including Black Oregonians, frontline workers, struggling small businesses, and laid off workers who’ve been waiting months for unemployment to come through. But I know that these dollars won’t go nearly far enough. Without additional support from the federal government, our state and her people stand on the brink of catastrophe. Congress must act to pass urgently needed relief funds so we can weather this storm together.” “Today we dedicated over $200 million to help Oregonians still feeling the impacts of this virus,” Senate President Peter Courtney said. “Our communities are hurting. It’s our job to do what we can.” The total package includes: • $25.6 million in emergency assis-
tance for small businesses facing financial shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This supports businesses with no more than 25 employees that have not received support under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or other provisions of the federal CARES Act. • $50 million to support music, culture, and community venues and organizations that have been closed, cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. • $62 million to the Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency to provide economic relief to Black individuals and businesses. National and state data show that the Black community is one of the communities experiencing a disproportionate share of negative economic and health effects due to COVID-19. • $30 million to the COVID-19 Leave Fund for workers who contract or have been exposed to the virus but do not qualify for traditional sick leave. • $35 million to fund $500 Emergency Relief Checks to Oregonians who are still waiting for unemployment benefits. Additionally, the Emergency Board also allocated $3.58 million in general funds for emergency water infrastructure to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as the tribe faces an ongoing water crisis.
CAC seeking nominations for its executive board The Pacific City-Woods Citizen Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for its executive board, which will be elected at its meeting scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15 at a location that has yet to be determined. Accoring to the CAC, there are three vacant board positions — chair, vice-chair
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Gov. Kate Brown mandates masks be worn outdoors In response to the rise in COVID-19 case counts across Oregon over the last several weeks, Governor Kate Brown announced on July 13 new requirements for face coverings and limits on social get-togethers. Effective Wednesday, July 15, Oregon’s face covering requirement was expanded to apply to outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained. In addition, indoor social get-togethers of more than 10 people will be prohibited. The gathering limit applies only to indoor social get-togethers. This new rule does not change the operation of businesses or churches at this time. Brown noted that failure to comply with the new requirements would lead to more outbreaks of COVID-19 and more restrictive closures with greater impact on Oregon’s economies, communities, health care systems, and families. “We need to do absolutely everything we can to reduce transmission in ways that do not require us to close down businesses again,” said Brown. “The proof here will be in the numbers. Either people will adhere to this requirement and be a positive force for stopping COVID-19, or I will be forced to take more restrictive measures.” “It all depends on you. Your choices determine our future.” Governor Brown also shared the following facts about COVID-19 in Oregon: • Oregon reported more cases in the past week than in the entire month of May. • The last time Oregon had less than 100 cases in a single day was more than a month ago. • Half of all cases in Oregon are from people under the age of 40 and one third of all cases are from people under the age of 30. • Currently, people in their 20s and 30s are the most likely group to get sick with COVID-19. • Two Oregonians in their 30s have died from COVID-19. Updated face covering and indoor social gettogether guidance have been posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov.
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PCJWSA makes water report available for public viewing Pacific City Joint Water-Sanitary Authority recently announced the availability of its most recent Water Quality Report, which contains drinking water quality data from 2019. Available for public viewing at pcjwsa.com, the report showed that PCJWSA’s drinking water met or surpassed all safe drinking water standards set by the Oregon Health Authority and the EPA. The report also has information on where PCJWSA’s drinking water comes from, treatment techniques and what, if any, contaminants it contains. In his letter to PCJWSA customers, Authority manager Kirk Medina said that the Authority is “fortunate to have two separate high-quality water resources with sufficient capacity to meet all of our water demands” and that its “Horn Creek water treatment plant utilizes state of the art microfiltration technology to purify” the area’s drinking water.
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SUN SEEKERS on the 4th of July (above) fill the beach at Cape Kiwanda. In an area normally flooded with parked cars, beach goers took advantage of the enlarged play area.
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TILLAMOOK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBERS Sally Rissel and Diane Colcord are part of the driving force behind the TCHS’s effort this year to celebrate the history of Cloverdale. On July 16, the latest part of this project was put up in Cloverdale — a mural depicting a horse-drawn wagon. Oceanview 1/2 acre
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As part of their 2020 project to highlight and celebrate Cloverdale’s long history, Tillamook County Historical Society installed a 5- by 7-foot mural depicting a horse-drawn wagon loaded with milk cans headed to the Cloverdale Cheese factory on the side of Nestucca Bay Creamery on July 16. TCHS’s year-long effort is being funded by a TPUD Community Grant, of which the $900 mural is but one element. Depicted in the photograph printed on aluminum is driver Billy Messner, who local historian Sally Rissel says was quite famous as a stagecoach driver and could handle the four-horse coach over the Trask River route. He was later a dairy farmer and had a string of pack horses that he packed for the Forest Service. He packed lumber on horses eight miles to the top of Mount Hebo to build the lookout and later helped dam up the swampy area to make Hebo Lake. Other TCHS Cloverdale projects designed to brighten up the town include galvanized water trough plant-
ers in front of some businesses. As well, they have added an illlustrated historical story boards to Rusty Cow’s windows that tell passersby the story of early Cloverdale history. Rusty Cow also has a collection of historical pictures for sale from Lorraine Eckhardt and Antonette’s Kitchen South has mounted a series of framed historical photos. Dairy farmers Amy and Rob Seymour started Nestucca Bay Creamery in Cloverdale to sell their cheese produced from cows on their farm just across the Nestucca River from the store. Their cows are only grass feed. Amy grew up in a dairy family, and it had always been her dream to produce cheese. After trying it at home for several years, she took the giant step of building a factory and hiring professional cheesemakers. They now produce Cheddar, Cheddar curds, Fresh Farmer Cheese, Camembert, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss, Tomme, and Klaw. Their store also has ice cream, grass-fed beef, organic whole chickens, lamb, pork, free-range eggs, and many more products.
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TILLAMOOK COUNTY had 65 cheese factories dotted up and down the Coast at one time. Charles Ray built this Cloverdale Cheese factory, and it was the only one with a hotel on top. All the small cheese factories later consolidated into the Tillamook County Creamery Association.
TCTD seeking participation in transit system survey Tillamook County Transportation District is requesting public participation in an online survey in its effort to collect feedback on proposed transit system improvements. They are seeking input on what residents believe would be most beneficial to the Tillamook County community. The survey can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/TCTDSTIF and is expected to take 5-10 minutes to complete. Respondents have the option of inputting their contact information to be entered into several drawings for a $25 Fred Meyer gift card. TCTD requests that the public responds to the survey by Aug 15. In order to improve and/or expand its
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service, TCTD has been granted state-level funding from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF). There are a number of different projects that TCTD could use this new funding source to pursue. TCTD has a variety of plans — such as its Transit Development Plan, Intercity Transit Enhancement Plan, and Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Plan — that all contain projects that could be pursued with these funds. TCTD provides a variety of public transportation services throughout northwest Oregon, including general public dial-a-ride, local deviated route, intercity, and commuter bus services.
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The Tillamook County Planning Commission, which heard public testimony on the proposed 25-unit Kingfisher Apartment complex in Pacific City on June 25, is reconvening on July 23 when the commission is expected to vote on a conditional use and variance for the project. Kevin and Katie Shluka, the applicants, are asking for a variance that would allow them to reduce the street-side yard setback from 15 feet to
two feet, allow for seven on-street parking spaces and increase the height limit from 24 to 32 feet. Access to the hearing will be via teleconference (971-254-3149, conference ID: 162 123 896#) and live video (co.tillamook. or.us/). To view the complete application, visit co.tillamook.or.us/gov/ComDev/hidden_Kingfisher.htm.
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In a July 7 town hall style meeting, the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce heard from a variety of professionals and dignitaries on both the health risks of COVID-19 and the economic fallout that restrictions have caused here in Tillamook County. Tillamook Health – Adventist CEO Eric Swanson said that while small hospitals throughout Oregon have been hit hard by the earlier restrictions put on by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Adventist has been able to weather the storm, though they did temporarily layoff 14 people. “I am pleased to say that today, most of those people are back to work actually physically,” he said. “We had a whole bunch of people come back after the holiday weekend because our volume is starting to pick up.” He also addressed safety concerns in light of the pandemic. “It’s safe to return to the hospital for health care,” he said. And in terms of testing for the virus, he said the hospital does have ability for short turn around tests but is only currently testing those that are symptomatic due to the limited amount of reagent they have for the tests. A similar policy exists at Tillamook County Community Health Centers explained Rockie Phillips, public health nurse. “At this point in time, we are just testing those who are symptomatic or in certain high-risk congregate settings,” she said. The county’s health centers are also now nearly fully staffed said Robin Watts, public health program manager. Phillips also noted that the county has continued to run all health programs even as it has addressed COVID concerns. Discussion points from Tillamook County Commissioner David Yamamoto and Oregon Rep. David Gomberg ranged from safety concerns for residents to economic challenges of businesses. Yamamoto led with explaining the commissioner’s cautious approach. He talked about the earlier closing down of transient lodging facilities as well as the challenges in reopening. “We had a situation where we knew we needed to do social distancing; we needed to make sure that people remained safe in Tillamook County, and that was the commissioner’s first role — to make sure that the residents of Tillamook County stayed safe,” he said. “One of the ways we had to do that is we closed down all of transient lodging in Tillamook County. We closed down all of the campgrounds, all the vacation rentals, all the hotels and motels, all the RV parks. Was that a decision we wanted to make? Absolutely not. But, again, when
your first goal is to keep residents in Tillamook County safe, we felt that was the proper thing to do.” Looking forward, Yamamoto said he recognizes the risk brought by the large amount of visitors visiting the area and, because of that, urged residents to be careful. “Fourth of July weekend was a good example of the problem that we face here in Tillamook County,” he added. “You look at the license plates from (that) weekend. You’ll find that they’re from everywhere — all across the nation. We can’t stop people from coming, but, at the same time, especially if you’re in my age bracket or older, if you have preexisting health conditions, you need to take it upon yourself to really be safe. Don’t go out of your home on weekends. Wear masks when you are out of the house. (When) you have to go to the grocery store, to a doctor’s appointment, you really need to take it upon yourself to be safe.” For his part, Gomberg said one of the challenges is dealing with two opposing needs. “We’ve got this growing conflict between the need to bring visitors in with money and the desire to keep people at arm’s length so they don’t infect all of us,” he said. “We’re seeing that play out with increasing frustrations in many of our communities. “I know there’s a lot of frustrations and there’s growing conflicts. I think we need to remember at the end of the day that we’re kind, welcoming, that we’re warm people and we need to treat each other with respect even when we disagree about some of these fundamental issues that we’re having to deal with because that’s who we are. And that’s the kind of community that we want to belong to so I would encourage you to stay safe, to use common sense and to be kind to all of your neighbors.” Officials also fielded concerns from the approximately 20 in attendance, including Sean Carlton, co-owner of Twist Wine Co. Carlton said that amongst his frustrations are the rules surrounding the requirement to wear masks. He noted that while most businesses are required to have customers wear masks, he took issue with food processing plants not being included. “As somebody who owns a bar and restaurant, I’m required to make my customers wear a mask, but food processors, which are the source of the vast majority of outbreaks and the vast majority of the increases in COVID, are not under a mandatory mask requirement,” he said. In addressing Carlton’s concerns, Gomberg said he shares Carlton’s frustrations and noted that over time the guidelines have evolved both in terms of if they are a good idea or not and what places are required to mandate the wearing of them.
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ORGANIZERS are beginning to put together the Historic Cloverdale Cruise-in 2020 (or cruise-thru if social distancing mandates it) on Sept. 5 that will benefit the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District’s effort to purchase a new set of “Jaws of Life,” which it says is an important tool for vehicle extractions.
Cloverdale Cruise-in to benefit fire district Efforts have begun to bring back at least one summer event to the South Tillamook County area as work is underway to bring back Cloverdale’s annual cruise-in on Saturday, Sept. 5. With safety concerns looming large, the event is being envisioned as being low-key, says co-organizer Tom Goodwin, who added the intent is to maintain proper social distancing as well as to encourage the wearing of protective masks with health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic expected to still be present. And with that in mind, there be no music as organizers seek to eliminate congregation into groups in respect of social distancing standards. “If there’s a problem with it being a cruise-in, it will be a cruise-thru,” Goodwin said. “The idea is people will just come and share something in a healthy way.” As a nod to the efforts to bring a historical focus to the town by the Tillamook County Historical Society, this year’s event, which is set to run from noon to 5 p.m., will be dubbed the Historical Cloverdale Cruise-in 2020. Another key change will be an effort to help raise funds for the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District, which is seeking to fill the coffers enough to purchase a second complete set of “Jaws of Life,” which is a critical instrument in extracting victims from car wrecks. Cur-
THE “JAWS OF LIFE” are a critical tool for the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District’s efforts to save accident victims. rently, only the Hebo station has a full set, though the Pacific City and Beaver stations do have older, partial sets. A full-set of the life-saving tools cost approximately $30,000. While the Cruisein itself is free, Goodwin says he hopes to garner donations to further Nestucca Fire’s efforts. For more detailed information on the upcoming cruise-in, watch for the Sun’s expanded coverage in the Aug. 28 edition.
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Oregon’s most recent poet laureate, Kim Stafford, was scheduled to visit students at Tillamook Bay Community College in April but the pandemic nixed that plan. His events were cancelled across the state, but that didn’t stop him and two other well-known Oregon poets from engaging with students taking an Introduction to Poetry course at TBCC. The course was taught by Sydney Elliott, and as the class transitioned to an online format, Elliott felt it was more important than ever to make sure her students remained connected and engaged. So, Elliott reached out to Kim Stafford and two other Oregon poets, Lex Runciman and Paulann Petersen, to see if they would be interested in being “interviewed” by the students. “I’ve done similar projects in the past bringing poets from different cultures and backgrounds into the classroom, but I wasn’t sure how it would translate online,” Elliott said. Students were put into groups and instructed to research the poet’s backgrounds and read their poetry. The groups had to come up with a list of questions for each poet to respond to. They did not have to wait long. Elliott then posted the interviews in the forums, where students could read and respond to the interviews. Kim Stafford was asked about where he drew inspiration as an Oregon writer and had a chance to answer how it felt to be the son of another famous Oregon poet, William Stafford. Oregon Book Award winner, Lex Runciman, was asked about his teaching career and choices about the nature of his poems, and
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former Oregon poet laureate, Paulann Petersen, was asked about her experiences as poet laureate and her writing practice. Students then had to discuss the interviews in the online forum. “Many of my students have not really had a relationship with poetry, some have not read much poetry before signing up for this class. I’m always astounded at the impact the simple act of connecting students with living, working poets has on them. They feel important, and they always do an amazing job with coming up with smart and often unique questions, and the poets themselves are always generous with their time,” Elliott adds. “After reading all the interviews conducted, it made me that more passionate about poetry,” commented one student. “Learning all these personal experiences and why they are poets made me want to explore my poetry even further. I feel very blessed to have had this experience and gain this knowledge.” Elliott asserts that these types of connections are more important than ever as teachers look for creative and innovative ways to create community in the classroom, particularly online classrooms. Elliott, who holds an M.A. in English, is known for her creative curriculum design and has presented on her unique approaches both regionally and nationally. In addition to being a full-time English instructor at TBCC, she is also a published poet and essayist. She was recently awarded the 2020 Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition award from the American Association of Community Colleges for her commitment to her students both inside and outside the classroom.
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TILLAMOOK COUNTY TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT is now using larger buses to serve its free summer shuttle service in Pacific City, which runs every 45 minutes during the weekends.
Free shuttle service ridership growing Tillamook County Transportation District’s Pacific City shuttle service continues to grow as, despite social dis-tancing restrictions, its July ridership is currently at two times the ridership it was a year ago. Last year’s daily July ridership was reportedly between 20 and 25 while this year’s is currently approximately 50. The shuttle, which runs every 45 minutes and is being offered free to residents and tourists each weekend this summer, began utilizing two refurbished 2014 Ford Champion low floor buses during 4th of July weekend, an upgrade over the smaller Dial-A-Ride vans that had been previously been employed for the service. One is being used as the main bus with a second in reserve. The low
floor buses had been used on TCTD’s Tillamook Town Loop for the past five-plus years. The buses were going to be sold as surplus but, according to TCTD manager Doug Pilant, they were retained due to the lower capacity the bus service is having to employ as part of government mandated social distancing measures. “These buses are larger and will double the maximum number of people who can be onboard the shuttle at one time,” Pilant told the Sun. “With the older buses that we realized we could repurpose, we’re able to get seven to nine people on, which makes it so we don’t have to leave people to either walk or wait until the bus comes back around.” For more information about the services of TCTD, visit tillamookbus.com.
County sees COVID-19 cases grow with confirmed total at 22 Tillamook County is experiencing an increase in the number of people who are testing positive for COVID-19. The current number of positive cases in Tillamook County is 22 as of July 16. According to the Tillamook County Public Health Department, as of July 14, when the county had reported its 20th case, positive cases have been fully investigated and all “close contacts” had been identified through contact tracing with appropriate follow-up measures. Noting that they understand the increase in cases has “generated community concern,” the Public Health Department has announced it is working on producing a “Frequently Asked Questions” series that is expected to be released in the next several days on the Health Centers’ Facebook page and at tillamookchc.org. Tillamook County Public Health is responsible for conducting case investigations for all persons who test positive for COVID-19 and are residents of the county. The health department is reminding residents that: those who are identified as close contacts can expect to be contacted by a contact tracer within 24 hours of the investigation; contacts will receive information regarding self-quarantine and support from a contact tracer during this time; contacts who do not have symptoms will not be tested for COVID-19 per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance; and determining whether a medical visit and testing is needed, can be done by
contacting your provider or calling the county’s COVID-19 line (503-842-3940) to discuss symptoms. For information on future positive cases in Tillamook County, visit https:// tillamookchc.org/covid-updates/. County and statewide case information can also be found on the Oregon Health Authority site at http://healthoregon.org/coronavirus. Community members with health concerns can contact the Health Center’s COVID-19 nurse line at 503-842-3940. COVID-19 is a highly infectious illness that spreads like the flu. Local and state health officials continue to urge all Oregonians to take steps to protect those who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Those considered “high risk” include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, or diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system. To help control the spread of the illness the public is urged to follow Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s executive orders pertaining to face coverings and other precautions and to stay home to the maximum extent possible. Residents are being asked to take these basic steps to protect those most at risk: cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze; wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and staying home when feeling ill.
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