Port of Nehalem to recognize Dale Stockton’s years of service

The Port of Nehalem and all of our Commisioners want to acknowledge Dale Stockton’s years of experience and service in his community.

By Jim Peters, Port of Nehalem Commissioner

The following is a compilation and history of his community volunteerism:
On July 23, 2015, Dale Stockton concluded 30 plus years of service as a Port of Nehalem commissioner (mostly as chairperson) of the Port, and his father, Eugene Stockton, who served for many years before that.  But Stockton’s community service has been far broader than that.  Beginning in the 1960’s, when he first partnered with his father to operate Stockton’s Nehalem Lumber, he was involved as an EMT on Nehalem Fire and Ambulance department for 25 plus years.
In addition, since 1965 for a full half century, he has been on the Nehalem City Council, having served as president, and currently as mayor.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, he was Chairman of the Nehalem Bay Health District during the controversial period when both the Nehalem Valley Care Center and the medical clinic (currently the Rinehart Clinic) were built by the Health District.
Additionally, in 1995, Stockton was one of the founding members of the Tillamook County Economic Development Commission, and still serves on that Commission.
A conservative tally of all that service is at least 140 years – a total that may not be matched by anyone in this community.  In any event, it is clear that Stockton is deserving of a huge debt of gratitude from the public he has so faithfully and broadly served.  Thank you, Dale Stockton!
The Port will be presenting a plaque at a recognition dinner for Stockton to be held this fall.
In other Port activity, we welcome Terry Fullan and Loren Remy as new commissioners as of our July meeting, who join returning members, Jim Peters, Lindy Scovell and Rick Dart.  We also thank departing Commissioner Des Kahrs for his years of service.  The new officers are – Chairman Peters, Vice Chairman Scovell, Secretary Remy and Treasurer Dart.
The Port will entertain the formation of a Technical Advisory Committee at its August meeting, to be held August 26th.  Their first assignment will be the investigation for an erosion solution for Snag Island and the study of sedimentation.
As in any new administration, plans are being formed and goal setting was accomplished at a recent workshop.  Emphasis was placed on continued compliance, navigational aids, meeting with other Ports and legislative caucuses, community events, and the study of the ecology and health of the river.  Positive joint communication and input to and from the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of State Lands, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are on going.  Through a division of labor from all commissioners, the Port plans an active year.
Due to space requirements of NCRD, the Port will relocate their office to the Port’s docks/building on Sixth St. in Nehalem in October.

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