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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden held a town hall Monday, Feb. 17, at Port of Tillamook Bay Officers Mess Hall. In fulfillment of his pledge to hold one town hall each year in each of the state’s 36 counties, Wyden has held 966 town halls statewide to date.

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Salutations, I address you today to announce my candidacy for Tillamook County Commissioner Position #2. As the non-partisan elected Volunteer Mayor of the third largest populated city in Tillamook, I have facilitated the transformation of our centrally located town of Bay City into a place …

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Neah-Kah-Nie School District announced Tuesday, Feb. 11, that they and the City of Rockaway Beach are actively pursuing a Safe Routes to Schools Grant. The main purpose of the grant is to improve the safety for cyclists and pedestrians from Rockaway Beach to Neah-Kah-Nie High and middle schools.

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During 2019, scientific studies conducted at Cape Falcon Marine Reserve shed light on the state of Oregon’s nearshore ocean environment and wildlife. The ongoing work of researchers and local volunteers to carry out a variety of studies and projects allows everyone to see the work being done…

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Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes, brings her latest show, “Como el Aire, an evening of Flamenco,” Sunday, March 8, to the White Clover Grange in Nehalem. Joining Fuentes will be singer/percussionist, direct from Spain, Diego Amador Jr., and internationally recognized Flamenco …

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Laura Gabel, coastal field geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), will discuss the organization’s new Beat the Wave study, recently completed for the Nehalem Bay Region, at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita.

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Every fall, Oregon’s incoming kindergartners take an assessment meant to determine their early literacy, early math, interpersonal and self-regulation skills. The purpose of this observational and activity-based assessment -- known as the Kindergarten Assessment -- is to get a snapshot of a …

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Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) is about to launch the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie booth season. Lemon-Ups, crispy lemon cookies baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs such as “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator,” will make their official debut. Cook…

Give Seeds a Chance: Seed Exchange and More will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the White Clover Grange, 36585 Highway 53, about two miles from Highway 101 near Mohler. Look for the cow out front. Admission to the event is free.

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Tillamook County 4-H members that plan to continue their education may be interested in several scholarships that are available from the Tillamook County and the Oregon 4-H programs. The Tillamook County 4-H Association administers the Tillamook County 4-H Scholarship ($1,000); 4-H Project L…

Patients fighting cancer need more blood than patients fighting any other disease, using nearly one-quarter of the nations’ blood supply. That’s why this February, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Gi…

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Gov. Kate Brown has announced what she called a historic agreement between representatives from the state's forest industry and major environmental groups to chart a collaborative course toward meaningful, science-based forest management in Oregon.

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Ecola State Park is closed until further notice due to a damaged section of the park’s sole entrance road. The affected section, an old repair made from compacted gravel, was damaged again over the weekend by the sliding hillside beneath the road.

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Kick off spring by participating in a SOLVE beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Volunteers can now sign up for one of 45 locations on the coast. Oregonians will mobilize along the entire Oregon coast to remove tens of thousands of pounds of litter and marine debris washe…

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On New Year’s Day, the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve celebrated the fourth birthday of the marine reserve, which went into event on Jan. 1, 2016. Located in Oregon’s ocean between Manzanita and Cannon Beach, the reserve is set aside by the state for conservation and scientific research.

The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Child Welfare Information System, otherwise known as OR-Kids, is generally functional for case management, according to an audit released Wednesday, Feb. 5, by the Secretary of State. However, auditors found that the system hampered caseworkers’ effici…

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Recently released numbers showed the statewide graduation rate for the class of 2018-2019 was 80 percent, the highest on record for Oregon. At 88 percent average, Tillamook County topped those who outperformed the state, along with Clatsop, Columbia and Washington counties.

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The speed limits were adjusted throughout the city of Garibaldi on U.S. Route 101 the week of Jan. 29. The project began in December 2018 and was completed in September 2019.

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Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School Principal Lori Dilbeck announced in a parent letter Thursday, Feb. 6, that a middle school student allegedly made a serious threat to the school. A threat assessment team, including law enforcement, school counselor, psychologist and school administrator, met to de…

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It is the latest killer virus that health officials in Oregon and across the nation are closely watching and bracing for.

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Manzanita City Hall is temporarily relocating its office operations to the old ambulance quarters citing the existence of mold and related health concerns for staff members and the public. City council, court and committee meetings will be held at the Pine Grove Community House.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington kick off the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie season starting Saturday, Jan. 4. Girl Scouts will sell cookies door to door, at booth sales, and via the Digital Cookie platform, an innovative and educational web-based platform that helps girls run and mana…

The Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay will again be selling supplies for individual or home emergency Go Bags from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, next to the Manzanita Police Station, at 165 5th Street S. Supplies will be available for starter bags, replacement in existing bags and items …

Tillamook County Commissioner David Yamamoto announced on Friday, Jan. 31, his decision to file for re-election to Tillamook County Commissioner Position No. 2. He said it has been a very busy and gratifying three years and he is proud of what he has accomplished to date. Public safety, econ…

The Tillamook County Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to offer two $1,000 scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. Scholarships will be awarded to a graduating high school senior or a resident of Tillamook County to be enrolled at any university, college, junior college or …

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U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Democratic Congressman for Oregon’s Fifth District, met with civic leaders from around Tillamook County this past week to hear local concerns. The meeting was held Thursday, Jan. 23, at Tillamook Bay Community College, and Schrader was joined by Democratic State Sen.…

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About 80 people attended a town hall for U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader, representing Oregon’s 5th congressional district, on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Port of Tillamook Bay Officers’ Mess Hall. Schrader answered questions about college affordability, impeachment, and the environment.

The 30th Annual Pool-a-thon fundraiser is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Nehalem Pool and North County Recreation District (NCRD). This is a kid-powered event, which raises a substantial amount of funds necessary to keep the NCRD/Nehalem Elementary Swim Program afloat.

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Tillamook County commissioners voted Monday, Jan. 27, to negotiate for an encryption key to regain control of the government’s computer systems after a cyberattack struck.