5,800 kicker tax

Submitted By: dixiegainer@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
SB 990 would change state practice around what is colloquially called the “Kicker”. Meaning, that money that is returned to taxpayers if revenue collected exceeds 102% of what was budgeted. If you’ve been an Oregonian for awhile like me, you remember getting kicker checks during the good years. A number of years ago, the law was changed to make it so that, instead of receiving a kicker check, taxpayers would receive the money as a tax credit on the following year’s taxes. That might have been all fine and good when we were talking about $100 kicker checks, but now we’re talking about an average of $5,800 per person! That’s more than a full month’s salary for a lot of people in rural Oregon. The government shouldn’t be holding onto that money for a year for convenience. That money belongs to the taxpayers and it should be returned ASAP. Unfortunately, SB 990 hasn’t been scheduled for a hearing. I encourage you to contact Senator Mark Meek, the chair of the Committee on Finance and Revenue in the Senate and ask him to schedule a public hearing and a work session ASAP.

Sen .MarkMeek@oregonlegislature.gov

Interior Design- Full Services for Air bnb, Commercial, Home

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Within 7 days…………..

Submitted By: dixiegainer@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
X4 Health is going to be given $121,000 by Tillamook County to aid in a “coordinated homeless response.” Who is X4 health? And what will they do? They ambigously work to bridge communications between “clinicians and patients,” mostly in repsonse to COVID-19 As always follow the money. . .
X4 Health www.communityrockit.org/contact
Morris Singer Foundation
Morris Singer takes in a lot of funding from various groups, universities, hospitals, the Global Development ($500,000) and the Health Initiative (500,000).
Does Tillamook County want international organizations involved in our homeless issues?
Contact your commissioners with questions or “written protest” within 7 days of today if you have concerns.

I think we may have to physically write the commissioners. Here is that information:

Tillamook County Courthouse 201 Laurel Avenue Tillamook, Oregon 97141
Attn: Tillamook County Commissioners Public Comment

Please write the commissioners in protest if you are concerned. If We the People of Tillamook County make a coordinated effort I can let you all know.
My personal feeling on this is that the county commissioners should hold a hearing on this matter before entering into a contract with anyone.

below is a document sent out by the county commissioners
Notice of Intent
to Award a Contract for the
Coordinated Homeless Response:

An apology for a small error

Submitted By: dixiegainer@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
A friend notified me last night that my post of the meeting today Feb 22,2023 – that I posted, was an error on my part. Yes there is a meeting – what it is about (thats the error) I will find out when I watch it. So I looked for the information that I had which started my comment on the subject of homelessness and providing shelter. So far going back through my e-mails I cannot find the information but I am still looking. So again my apologies.

As I researched causes of homelessness the first information I found stated that homelessness is caused in large part by government regulation – that was unexpected – but as I read further I can see how that plays a big part in causing homelessness.

Everything else I posted was true and my true feelings on the subject. And yes this homeless problem will be addressed in this county soon.

I would also like to say that one of the regulations that Coastalwhistleblower@gmail.com mentioned on his post Feb 19 is one of the regulations that helps create homelessness –
Here is an example: After my husband passed away I had to look for “handyman” postings to get things fixed. It was not hard to find help by looking at ads in the Headlight Herald. Over the following few years I hired handymen to do many things. Then this license or fee – I am trying to remember which it was – was made a law in this county. The ads in the paper disappeared. No more small job handymen. Do you call a construction company to fix a door that in hanging from a broken hinge? If you do – your job is so small it always get put on the bottom of their list and never gets done. It was really hard for me to keep things fixed up after this bill was passed. Those people supplementing their incomes by doing handy man repair and painting work were gone because the license fee was too much for them to pay, and I talked to some of them and they said you have to pay, I think it was one thousand dollars and attend a 2 day school which was all about how to pay your taxes correctly from your work as a handyman. Here is a sad story -I found a painter – I don’t remember how -probably from an ad on the BBQ. So I called him and he came over. I showed him what I wanted to be painted. He told me that he had painted a building in the city of Nehalem and as he was finishing the job an inspector came by and asked to see his license. He didn’t have one so the inspector told him that if he ever caught him again he would fine him big bucks and he would never work again in this county. So I said, well, he can’t see you working from my place and so he did a lot of work for me. This guy had a family with kids and they were just hanging on financially. After he got through painting – and I learned a lot about painting from him, I must say – He fixed a bunch of small things for me that needed fixing. He was great.

I never had a problem. And yes – you can have a problem hiring someone who has a license to do work. For instance hiring a contractor and then finding out much later that the stuff they installed – like insulation – was not what they promised and charged you for – that happened to me – but by the time you find out – years have passed. My niece told me that they had had their house roofed about 5 years ago and now the tiles are curling up – the roof is leaking but the licensed contractor has moved on. Lots of stories like that. Even if you try to hire a person that has a license – they do not want to do little jobs – and I understand that because they have to make money, but do the little guys! The economy we are in is punishing for the people just hanging on trying to take care of their families.
AND one last word about the fee (tax) on small businesses, (ordinance 80?88?) who have barely survived the Covid restrictions – A US congressional hearing showed these restrictions had NO benefit on slowing the case numbers or flattening the curve for Covid. etc. BUT these restrictions put lots of small businesses out of work. So tax small businesses that barely survived? What happened to those people? You can see how government policies effect peoples lives.

Quilts and Wool Blankets. Cutters ok!

Submitted By: ddozbaba@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
Looking for quilts and wool blankets and cotton feedsacks. Stains, rips and holes are ok! Looking to repurpose them into clothes to wear so they don’t need to be perfect. Please let me know if you have any you’d like to give away or sell, I am happy to pick up wherever on the north coast! Thank you 🙂 Danielle


Submitted By: dixiegainer@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
n LA last year they spent 5 billion on providing shelter for the homeless. This year so far the total is 6 billion. An 18% increase!
Homeless fixes not working in California. And they won’t work here either.


This is how I see it. Oregon, Washington and California are passing similar bills making it easier to have and sell illegal drugs. SB 110 in Oregon has increased crime and drug availability. This bill talked of rehabilitation but in the end it doesn’t provide any money for this. Defund the police ?- This policy deeply curtails police action when drug action has increased. Black Lives Matter? – Now police are afraid to enforce the law on people of color. They could lose their job or be suspended or ????? So crime and murder are greatly increasing in these states that are following the same um.. solutions?
Come to Oregon – If you buy, sell, take , drugs of any kind we will house you and the police will leave you alone – guaranteed.

Building shelters for homeless drug addicts without requiring them to get treatment is insane.

Build it and they will come

I am not against providing low income or just plain free shelter for people…….But this plan that they are planning in this county says that if you are an addict -or ? dealer? don’t worry – we will not require anything from you to have shelter which will be paid for by the taxpayers of Tillamook County
The meeting is tomorrow – This agency is the one that recently tried to pass a tax, a “fee” on to local small businesses in rural Tillamook County and but could not explain why, with a badly worded piece of legislation. It was defeated There is a Tillamook County Economic Development Meeting on Wednesday, on homelessness – February 22nd 2023 at 12:30pm. The meeting will take place at 4506 3rd street, Room #107, Tillamook, OR 97141.

This meeting is open to the public.

You can also join the meeting via Zoom by clicking on this link: us02web.zoom.us/j/85216020803

meeting ID: 852 1602 0803

Riverbend Players Recall Its Humble Beginnings and Launch 2023 Season

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Another Opening, Another Show: Riverbend Players Recall Its Humble Beginnings and Launch 2023 Season

By Ellis E. Conklin

Sometimes it is judicious to look back on something, ponder its modest roots, and celebrate the upward journey, before moving forward.

Riverbend Players Community Theater began over scones and coffee some 20 years ago at Jane Knapp’s dining-room table in Wheeler and next month will spread its wings when the curtain rises at the North County Recreation District’s Performing Arts Center for Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs.

As the iconic marketing message for Virginia Slims cigarettes once enthused: “You’ve come a long way, baby!”

“I remember long ago that Ron Cohen, a fitness club member, asked if we couldn’t do a play or have a reading group – anything,” recounts Knapp, who, for the past 17 years has served as activities director at NCRD.

The name Riverbend Players, adds Knapp, came courtesy of Phyllis Sanderson, a New York actress and a one-time mainstay at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, who had moved to the area to teach.

The very first performances, remembers Linda Makohon, a Friends of NCRD and Riverbend Players board member, were held inside the current Fireside Room, previously known as the Riverbend Room.

In essence, Riverbend Players began as Readers Theater, where a rag-tag assemblage of actors performed without props or costumes, often sans stage or set!

The very first show, Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, was a collection of short free-verse poems, many composed in 1915, that shatter the myth that small-town America is a vast depository of virtue.

Spoon River’s director was Ms. Sanderson, and Jane Knapp, her memories of early Riverbend Players lore deeply engraved, can still recall the wondrous Readers Theater performances of actress Jaye O’Neal, a ginger-haired spitfire.

Knapp says 40 chairs were arranged in the Fireside Room to accommodate the earliest
theatergoers. Sometimes the room was crammed with as many as 75 to 80 chairs. “We were over fire code at times,” she says with a chuckle. “We did Robert Service poems, Dorothy Parker readings, and Mr. Barry’s Etchings.”

THE PRESENT-DAY 193-seat theater, marvels Knapp, once served as the old auditorium for the rambunctious kids at Nehalem Elementary School. “When we started [Riverbend Players] it was still a theater, but it had become a junk room. Truck after truck had to come to remove the stuff. We borrowed lights from Coaster Theatre, and the curtain was a hand-me-down.”

It was Tom Cocklin, current board president of Riverbend Players, who in 2016 “encouraged us to organize ourselves as a non-profit,” says Makohon.

After nearly $200,000 worth of work: new lighting, padded seats, railing, and a remodeled stage, the theater now has a classic, regal feel. “It went from a really uncomfortable place to becoming a fantastic venue,” says Cocklin.

Riverbend Players’ inaugural production at the revamped theater, in 2016, was Neil Simon’s comedic classic, The Odd Couple.

With nearly a decade of stage productions under its belt and a fully remodeled facility at the recreation center in Nehalem, Riverbend Players has hit its stride.

Through 2022, the community theater group has staged 48 productions, with 17 different directors. This past year Riverbend Players broke many attendance records including in December with the Frank Squillo-directed It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play.

Its original base of volunteers has surged from five to nearly 40. The group also has a contract with NCRD to house its theater troupe, and patrons now have the ability to purchase tickets and select their seats online at their website.

Without question, Riverbend Players is taking the Tillamook County community theater scene by storm and is proud to announce its performance lineup for 2023.

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (March 18 – April 2) By Neil Simon
Directed by Vicki Haker

Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937 during The Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening, and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate’s sister Blanche, and her two daughters.

Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first play in Neil Simon’s autobiographical series, portrays an extended family crowded together by circumstances that still exist today. Unemployment, war, and prejudice depress the adults, while the young people dream about their futures.

12 ANGRY JURORS (June 2 – June 18)
By Reginald Rose
Directed by Frank Squillo

12 Angry Jurors is a courtroom drama based in New York City that gives the audience an inside look at how jury deliberations occur during a murder trial. 12 Angry Men was initially broadcast as a television play in 1954 and proved so popular that it was adapted for the stage. The acclaimed Hollywood director Sidney Lumet later directed a screen adaptation of 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda in 1957.

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case – until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers flare, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry jurors!

The juror’s final verdict and how they reach it, intense scenes that electrify audiences and keep them on the edge of their seats, add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature.

Adapted by Philip Grecian
Directed by Julee Ward

Remember the good old days of radio when people had to use their imagination? When the mind was a stage? Those days are back – only better!

This smart and well-crafted adaptation remains very true to Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

Captain Walton is on an Arctic expedition when he finds and rescues Victor Frankenstein from the harsh terrain. Frankenstein had been pursuing the “Creature,” he created and brought to life. Having told the captain his travails before dying, it is now up to Walton to narrate the tale of the monster’s inception and the resulting mayhem as the story comes alive onstage.

This thrilling stage adaptation by award-winning playwright Philip Grecian retains all the dread, anguish, and heart of the original.

A CHRISTMAS STORY (December 1 – 17)
By Philip Grecian
Director: TBD

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas.
Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, teacher, and even Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: You’ll shoot your eye out!”

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios, and more!

All shows will be held at the NCRD Performing Arts Center located at 36155 9th St. in Nehalem, OR

Theater patrons can purchase reserved seating for $20 or $25.
Tickets are also available at the door, along with special $5 tickets for K-12 students.

For tickets and details visit www.riverbendplayers.org.

Picture included:
Riverbend Players Community Theater sits empty, awaiting the curtain to rise for Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. Photo Copyright: Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography.

Art at Manzanita Library

Submitted By: DebMuell503@aol.com – Click to email about this post
The Manzanita Library is having an art showing by my friend, Ginger Matyas. Ginger is a gifted artist whose love of animals, in particular, dogs and cats, has lead her to draw numerous depictions of animals she has lovingly cared for. She translates photos into beautiful drawings, capturing the ‘soul’ of the animal. Many of her drawings are of pets in the local area. You may recognize your own, or someone else’s. Most pieces are for sale, and you can also commission her to make a portrait of your pet. It’s worth a stroll through the library.

Illegal Contractor Information

Submitted By: Coastalwhistleblower@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
Did you know you are required to have a license issued by the State of Oregon to perform MOST home improvements?

If you are hiring an unlicensed contractor you are exposing yourself to unnecessary liability AND you are giving up ALL protections from the law as a homeowner.

It is ILLEGAL to advertise for these home improvements without a CCB# posted clearly in the ad. You can verify someones CCB# and also learn of any complaints brought against a contractor.

Do your due diligence and report ILLEGAL contractors.

Experienced Nail tech accepting New Clients!

Submitted By: Jmariesalonspa@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
Brandy Sperle is accepting new nail clients at J.Marie Salon+Spa in downtown Nehalem!

She offers full sets – hard gel (NO ODOR)
Manicures, Pedicures and nail art!

She is absolutely fabulous and we are blessed to have her here!!
Book today!
Call or text her at 503-791-1159
36080 7th street

Update on County-Wide Business License (formerly Ordinance #88)

Submitted By: ruraltillamookbiz@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
In December and January, we posted on the BBQ about the rural business license (formerly Ordinance 88), and folks have continued to reach out to us with more information and links. (Thank you!)

The latest? Ordinance #88 is gone and the workgroup to revise it is on “pause”. But in a press release from the BOCC, it seems the idea of a rural business license is still being considered.

The Board of County Commissioners Press Release is uploaded to our website: ruraltillamookbiz.wordpress.com/about/

In our latest blog post, we provide our thoughts in response to the press release: ruraltillamookbiz.wordpress.com/2023/02/12/bocc-press-release-rural-business-license-still-under-consideration/

We continue to update the website with the latest documents: ruraltillamookbiz.wordpress.com/about/

What’s next?
– If you have any information that would be helpful to citizens concerned about this issue, please reach out to: ruraltillamookbiz@gmail.com
– The EDC’s next public meeting is not published. At the January public meeting, they changed their regular meeting from Mondays at 8 am to another day/time. Watch for updates: www.edctc.com/edc-minutes
– The County Commissioner’s next public meeting is also not published: www.co.tillamook.or.us/meetings?field_microsite_tid=431
Check the website for the latest. Written public comments must be submitted 24 hours in advance.

City Hall Y’All

Submitted By: ben.killen.rosenberg@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
Posting on behalf of Kim Rosenberg. loretta.kim.rosenberg@gmail.com
City Hall Y’All
I haven’t written about the Manzanita City Hall deal because I don’t have much of an opinion about it but just about everyone else I know does. I went to a couple of the Pine Grove presentations and listening sessions but I found myself in groups where folks had already decided what they wanted and there was no room for a conversation or even questions. So, the two most opinionated people at the table took over the discussion and it was their views that were presented to the larger group. That’s pretty common in any group setting. The stakes would’ve had to be higher to get people to speak up. Nobody wants to argue with people they don’t know over site plans for a building that may or may not be built.
Mention city hall and you’ll end up hearing about the sale of the Underhill property and a failed bond measure and theories so convoluted they’ll make your head spin and pretty soon you’re going to wish you’d stuck to talking about the weather.
I am not the person to talk to about whether it’s better to remodel an old building or build new because I have an extremely low bar when it comes to what’s livable. I’m that girl who lived in a pink school bus, a teepee, an off the grid cabin in the Humboldt with no running water or electricity. I lived in two different walk in closets during a rough patch in the late 70’s, a barn’s hayloft one summer and a countless bunch of crappy apartments with holes punched through the sheetrock, black mold, dry rot and no working heaters. I’ve lived on farms where a sagging singlewide mobile home was part of the wages and the smell of cow manure was just the smell of your paycheck.
There are all kinds of ideas about city hall and ways to use the parcel of land at Underhill. Dog parks and a permanent farmer’s market space and workforce housing and an emergency gathering spot have all been discussed along with a bunch of iterations of the city hall building.
Pretty soon the council will vote on how to proceed. We have a mostly new council and this will be a big deal. Maybe the biggest deal this council will ever have to vote on and no matter how they vote, there will be people who won’t agree with their decision.
The councilors volunteer to represent us. We vote for them, or not, and the five folks elected become the people who decide on things like city hall. Five votes, five opinions, five people doing their best to not F things up.
Maybe you felt like me and you didn’t really say what matters most to you about the city hall at the meetings or there wasn’t room on the survey. Maybe you have some thoughts about how we can move forward on something as expensive and divisive as this that nobody’s heard yet.
If that’s the case, I urge you to email your five representatives and tell them what you think before they cast their votes so they can truly be representing.
dsimmons@ci.manzanita.or.us lkozlowski@ci.manzanita.or.us jspegman@ci.manzanita.or.us jedginton@ci.manzanita.or.us bmayerle@ci.manzanita.or.us
Kim Rosenberg. loretta.kim.rosenberg@gmail.com
Collages by Kim Rosenberg

Becoming Chinese

Submitted By: dixiegainer@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
Recently the Chinese people demonstrated their discontent to the stringent lockdown called for by the CCP, locking people into their apartments to seal in the latest virus which, when a fire began to destroy the building caused the death of many. They demonstrated by holding plain white paper in front of them. How brave of them, how perfect is that? I thought! The blank paper symbolizes that they cannot speak their discontent, they cannot speak about the need for change, they cannot speak about anything except the political slogans of their country. A Communist Country.

Once upon a time we could speak about anything, We had free speech!! Have you forgotten? What happened to our free speech?
The Bill of Rights, an amendment to our constitution: #1
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Freedom of speech is the right of a person to articulate opinions and ideas without interference or retaliation from the government.

The First Amendment restrains only the government. The Supreme Court has interpreted “speech” and “press” broadly as covering not only talking, writing, and printing, but also broadcasting, using the Internet, and other forms of expression. There are 4 limits to free speech: obscenity, child pornography, defamation, incitement to violence and true threats of violence. Even in those categories, there are tests that have to be met in order for the speech to be illegal.

We are beginning to allow ourselves to become like the Chinese. I am sure you became aware of the FBI censoringTwitter. There is a whole industry in this country devoted to censoring.

See – The Wests Burgeoning Censorship Industry by Mike Benz
Mike Benz, is a former State Department diplomat responsible for formulating and negotiating US foreign policy on international communications and information technology matters. Mr. Benz founded FFO as a civil society institution building on his experience in the role of championing digital freedom around the world in the public sector. Here is a link to a video on bit chute (because it might be censored) on the censorship industry in the U.S.A!!! www.bitchute.com/video/uXO0bu2IdW4P/. Title of video: Mike Benz on Millions Paid by FBI For Censorship

Corrected Raffle Link

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This link will take you to a full description of the raffle


We all deserve to take a chance on us and who wouldn’t enjoy 2 nights of relaxation & rejuvenation or romance? The lucky ticket will be drawn by next Wednesday 2/15, you really want to take action now…..
Copy, paste, go, purchase…. Good Luck and please forward to anyone you’d also like to give the chance too

Final countdown to purchase your raffle ticket

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We all deserve to take a chance on us and who wouldn’t enjoy 2 nights of relaxation & rejuvenation or romance? The lucky ticket will be drawn by next Wednesday 2/15, you really want to take action now…..
Copy, paste, go, purchase…. Good Luck and please forward to anyone you’d also like to give the chance too!

secure.at blue.com/donate/Tillamook-winter-22

Valentine’s Day Approaches

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With Valentin’s Day coming up soon you can give a gift to the community by sending check or cash to our local eating places for Seniors and others. You’ll feel really good when you put a note on your check which says, “Happy Valentine’s Day”. All these are non-profits. Let them know you want a receipt for your donation. Thank you for thinking of others.
Meals for Seniors, Inc. PO Box 852 Rockaway Beach, Or. 97136 North County Food Bank PO Box 162 Wheeler, Or. 97147 Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church PO Box 156 Nehalem, Oregon 97131

Drug Issues In Oregon Are The Worst In The Country

Submitted By: dixiegainer@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
Oregon Secretary of State, Shemia Fagan released the results of an audit of Measure 110, the state’s drug addiction treatment and recovery act. According to WalletHub’s research, Oregon has the highest number of people who need drug treatment but DO NOT GET IT!.

Overdose rates, the frequency of drug use and addiction, and the percentage of individuals aged 12 and above who reported taking drugs in the previous year were all taken into account while ranking the 50 states in the research, which compiled data from a number of different sources.
Oregon worst in country for drug problems, according to a new report t.co/obTdqKi6Cq

According to a similar study published by WalletHub, Oregon ranks third in the US for youth drug use and second for adult drug use.
Although Oregon was not ranked worst overall, it did receive very low grades in all categories. Utah got an 88 on a scale where 0 is the worst and 100 is the best, while Oregon obtained a dismal 43.
Nearly a quarter of all respondents (26%) reported using marijuana in the calendar year prior to the poll. Marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, despite the fact that it has been decriminalized in the state of Oregon. People between the ages of 18 and 25 had the greatest prevalence of marijuana usage (47.28%) of any age group.

The Need For Aid
“There has been a lot of confusion about what Measure 110 would do and what the funding would go towards. Unfortunately, “IT DOES NOT FUND TREATMENT,” said Sommer Wolcott, executive director of the addiction treatment organization OnTrack Rogue Valley.
Is it too soon to tell if Measure 110 is effective or not?
How can it be effective – If it does not fund treatment?
Don’t you think this measure should be canceled since voters were fooled into voting for it?
Recently at the the library I saw a new book out from a western author I used to read – and so I checked it out. This action takes place in Portland, Oregon and the description of Portland in this book? “Most of the traffic signs were defaced by graffiti. So were sides of buildings and fences. Chain link fences mostly ripped down that flanked the highway, piles of trash and crude shelters wherever there was bare ground.Every bank and most businesses were boarded up with plywood. Piles of trash covering the sidewalks and gathered in the corners of bulldings. Homeless people sleeping on sidewalks, some without sleeping bags.
Welcome to Portland, Oregon! Now described this way in novels!! What say you?
This info from The Oregon catalyst and other articles

Fish Leather Tanning Classes

Submitted By: walnutstudiolo@gmail.com – Click to email about this post
Hi there,
We’re the leathercrafters on Highway 53. We don’t tan leather ourselves, but we wish we had a local source for salmon leather.

Fish skin tanning is a traditional craft that is still practiced, particularly in Iceland and Northern Canada. Natural salmon skin looks particularly beautiful. I’m attaching a photo of what it looks like with our Travel Cribbage Board.

If you’re interested in learning how, Janey Chang in Canada is giving virtual classes on it, including one to benefit the Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavit: www.janeychang.ca/shop

(And if you do learn how, let us know, we’d like to buy some!)
Walnut Studiolo
Original Modern Designs / Handcrafted Leather Goods
36005 Highway 53, Nehalem, OR 97131
Phone +1 503-447-6889
Email walnutstudiolo@gmail.com
URL walnutstudiolo.com

Conscious Elders in Service to Community March 30-April 2

Submitted By: vivi@nehalemtel.net – Click to email about this post
Cascadia Quest is a wonderful and forward thinking organization in Eugene that is now offering this workshop for elders. Read on:

Traditional cultures look toward, respect, and are guided by the experience and wisdom of their elders. Empowered, often initiated, elders can provide stability, groundedness, perspective and so much more. Unfortunately, our society has been youth-focused for many generations now, seeing seniors as “old people”– less relevant, invisible, or worse.

As part of our mission to plant the seeds of a much more sustainable and healthy culture, we are thrilled to announce one of our responses to this misguided bias. We are providing a nature-based retreat for those in or soon to enter their most valuable years.

Conscious Elders in Service to Community is a dynamic workshop and exploration of the inner work that prepares us to fully embrace our elderhood and become the community members whose wisdom and gifts are so urgently needed in today’s world. It will be led by author and wilderness guide, Ron Pevny, who directs the Center for Conscious Eldering. Ron was one of the most important mentors of our founder and lead guide, Rob Miller, in the creation of Cascadia Quest!

If you are 50 or over, we invite you to join us Thursday, March 30 to Sunday, April 2 at the beautiful Buckhorn Springs Resort outside of Ashland, OR. And if you know someone in that age range, please encourage them to attend.

We have a strong wish that this Conscious Eldering Retreat will serve as a catalyst to more strongly engage our Cascadia Quest elders. May it be so!
Conscious Elders In Service To Community
March 30 – April 2, 2023
Buckhorn Springs Resort, Ashland, OR
Tiered pricing and lodging options available.
Learn More and Register:

Chihuahua wire hair mixed puppies for rehoming

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Hello we have some beautiful puppies that we wish to find loving homes for ,two males one female, Chihuahua and wire hair mixed puppies, Wonderful demeanor and attentive,low maintenance and best friend for life. $1000 or best offer.
Please contact Monica about
details @412-860-9492 thank you.

Fabulous hair cuts!

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hi all,
i am writing to recommend someone who has great talent in cutting all kinds of hair.

i’ve been getting my hair cut by Pam Stevenson for about 10 years now. for the last 5 years perhaps she has changed her business from a set location to COMING TO YOUR HOUSE to cut your hair. how much more convenient can it get?

Pam is equally talented in cutting men and women’s hair, curly, straight, longer or shorter. my hair is wavy/curly, and i have friends with straight hair who also love Pam’s haircuts.

Pam charges the ridiculously low price of $20. honestly, you all, i pay her $30, because that’s still less than it would cost in a salon. and it’s worth every $ to know that i am going to like my hair cut! Pam will still tell you $20, and that’s fine with her too.

she could use more work, so i suggested i get the word out for her through BBQ. she was in agreement that i should write this and include her phone number.
503-801-6684. her range is north Tillamook county.

om peace namaste
lucy brook

Another News Daily Dies in Medford, Oregon. Does Anyone Care Anymore?

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Another News Daily Perishes in Medford, Oregon
Does Anyone Care Anymore?

By Ellis Conklin

The struggle proved too much to bear, and Medford’s Mail Tribune did what some 2,500 other American newspapers – more than 10 percent of them dailies – have done since 2005: It rolled over, like a whale upon the sand, and died.

What made this particular death unusual was the abruptness of its closure earlier this month – on Friday the 13th, no less.

Typically, a death by a thousand cuts precedes a newspaper’s demise. The torture begins, perhaps, with the slash of the paper’s travel budget, or moving into less expensive office digs.

It usually ends when the paper falls into the greedy hands of out-of-state investors who gut it for what it’s worth and pretend that round after round of layoffs will eventually revive the washed-up beast, or that living on a digital format might be the ticket to salvation.

In both cases, that seldom works.

The Medford Mail Tribune was one of Oregon’s oldest news organizations. It was the first paper in the state to win a Pulitzer Prize, in 1934, for exposing corruption in its own Jackson County, now the largest population center in southern Oregon, home to almost 224,000.

The Mail Tribune, notes Seattle Times “Free Press editor” Brier Dudley, stopped producing a printed edition in September and closed down a sister daily, the Ashland Daily Tidings, in 2021 – a year before New York City removed the last of its 30,000 public payphones.

Two other Oregon newspapers, the Lee Enterprise-owned Lebanon Express and the monthly Rogue Valley Messenger in Grants Pass, also shut down for good in January.

Mail Tribune publisher and CEO Steve Saslow announced the paper’s sudden departure on its website, saying that all unused paid subscriptions would be refunded.

“This was a difficult business decision,” lamented Saslow, whose Rosebud Media bought the paper from Gatehouse Media in 2017. “The shuttering of this institution is a real loss for all constituents in Southern Oregon.”

Help may be on the way for the venerable publication, however, which I will get into a bit later in this story.

. . . . .

What happened in Medford is not at all unusual. It is happening everywhere. The economic gravity of keeping a newspaper airborne is failing. Medford. Oregon’s eighth largest city, is a pleasant enough working-class community of 120,000. Residents rely far more now on tourist dollars than money once generated by logging or railroad jobs.

The crime rate is high, as is the city’s unemployment rate. Its politics are red. Meth remains a problem, as does its poverty level. Some high-tech firms have moved in in recent years, attracting to cheap land. Also, the Medford area has become a magnet for retirees

But compared to it next-door neighbor, Ashland, with its trendy restaurants, cozy B&B’s, and overpriced boutiques, largely fueled by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival – though its attendance has not rebounded since the pandemic – Medford is predominantly a city of Have Nots.

Still, the Mail Tribune died from the same fundamental disease that has inflicted the entire industry.

Simply put, older people, those who grew up with newspapers are passing away and younger people either get their news electronically, or from a wide variety of other outlets, or they don’t simply care to read.

So, what to make of this? Shall we pass the peas and move on? Have we grown numb to yet another tale of woe about the inevitable extinction of print?

. . . .

As I was beginning to write this article for Post Alley, an old friend and Anchorage Times colleague Drex Heikes, former editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, sent me a story with an intriguing headline: “Dreams of Newsrooms Now Gone.”

Written by Steven A. Smith, former editor of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Smith talks about having spent most of his life in newsrooms and he finds himself dreaming of them.

Wrote Smith: “I suppose all professionals view with affectionate nostalgia the places where their careers started, flourished and ended. But there is no workplace like an American newsroom.”

Smith, who turns 73 in June, began his 42-year-long career, which included nine newspapers in eight cities, at the Eugene Register-Guard, now a gray ghost of its colorful, hard-charging past.

“The rooms all shared those qualities of clutter, novice and smell. But it was the people who made them memorable,” Smith went on. “Journalists are by nature different. They are outsiders, cynics, neurotic iconoclasts. And very smart.”

I was able to interview Smith by telephone last weekend. He told he never worked at the Mail Tribune but knew several fine journalists who got their start in Medford.

“The paper had been struggling for years,” Smith said. At its zenith, 38 reporters worked in the newsroom, but the day it locked its doors, less than a dozen were on hand.

“Things will get even worse for the newspaper industry in 2023,” predicted Smith.

. . . .

And now, hopefully, some good news.

EO Media Group plans to open a brand-new paper in Medford, as soon as the first week of February. It will begin as a three-day-a-week newspaper and it will be called the Tribune, with an editorial staff of 14, which may eventually employ 32 people.

Named for its East Oregonian newspaper, EO has become a media force to be reckoned with in Oregon. It owns 14 newspapers from Astoria to Pendleton and in 2019 helped save the Bend Bulletin after its parent company filed for bankruptcy twice.

EO, however, has experienced its share of fiscal pain in recent years. The company laid off 47 people in 2020.

The president and CEO of EO is Steve Forrester, a fourth-generation Oregon journalist and one-time editor and publisher of the Daily Astorian.

“The Forrester’s are an Oregon treasure. They are old-fashioned news-first people who believe the primary role of a newspaper is to serve the community – not make money,” Drex Heikes told me in a text message.

“All in all, this is good for Medford.”

Time will tell.

Post Pie Day Shout-Out

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With a very successful pie day behind us I just want to share my appreciation with a few folks who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this wonderful event come off without a hitch. These three women, Vivi Tallman, Constance Shimek, and Evelyn Mast, spent many, many volunteer hours contacting potential donors and bakers and working through a myriad of details involved in planning an event like this. The money raised because of their efforts and the incredible generosity of our “Manzawheelam” community will go a very long way to improving the condition of our 100+ year old Grange building.
Also I’d like to give a special shout out to Gayle Stephens and Sue Crist for all their help decorating to make the Grange look so amazing and to all the other Grange members and local folks who volunteered their time and resources. And last but certainly not least, to all the business owners and individuals whose generous donations helped to make Pie Day the huge success that it was.

Thank you all!

Tillamook County Board of Commissioners Hearing 1/30/23 9am

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There is a Public Hearing scheduled for Monday January 30th 2023, at 9:00am at the Board of County Commissioners Meeting room located in the Tillamook County Courthouse, 201 Laurel Ave. Tillamook. An information packet about this public hearing can be found here: www.co.tillamook.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/board_of_county_commissioners/meeting/packets/80212/memo_402_bocc.pdf

It is a Legislative text amendment request to amend Article 5: Special Use Standards and
Exceptions of the Tillamook County Land Use Ordinance (TCLUO) to include Section 5.110 and the
establishment of use and development standards for placement of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on
residentially zoned properties located within Tillamook County Unincorporated Communities.
Initiated By: Tillamook County Department of Community Development.

Looking for housing for one young professional end of summer/early fall 2023

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Young professional 31 year old woman looking for a one bedroom or studio apartment in Wheeler, Manzanita or Nehalem starting the end of summer 2023 or early fall 2023. I work in the service industry on the coast and also run my own online business. I’m putting feelers out now since housing is so tricky on the coast. I currently live in a house in Manzanita and my lease ends the end of August. I am looking to have my own place so I can live alone. Please reach out if you have something available. Thank you so much! Please reach out to lydiapschuldt@gmail.com

Handyman Review

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Shore Thing Handy Man Services LLC Review!
Hello everyone, I just wanted to share my experiences with services of Daniel
Grimes. Outstanding local man born & raised, respectfully buys local, supports local. He has exceeded my expectations above & beyond with everything he has done for me, in a detailed timely fashion. Always communicating if he’s running late on another job, which is crucial to
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So far he has designed & built 3 fences, one within 4 days after the last storm blew it away at our rental cottage, putting on hold his other interior work to help. He’s Built decks, one around our spa of which he maintains our spas monthly for a low cost. Light fittings, kitchen, windows, bathrooms, vanities, all the stuff needed for a updated new home that can be very costly. You name It he can do!! If he’s unsure, he
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