For the past year while we are dealing with the pandemic, we have heard a lot about those most heroic and caring nurses that have given their time - and sometimes their lives – to care for those most seriously affected by Covid. Having nurses and doctors in our family, I know how hard they h…

Autumn is definitely here, with the leaves turning color, the rain drizzling down, darkness coming earlier…let’s have one last throwback to summer!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Wednesday is “Healthcare Workers Care About D.V.” day. Those in the profession are asked to wear purple and to post a photo to social media tagged “tidesofchangenw” (Tides of Change Northwest). Purple Thursday is planned for October 14. All of us…

In the September 28th print edition of the Herald Ms. Debbi Reeves of Tillamook asked a reasonable and pertinent question: why no attention was paid by the White House to certain opinions she found on the internet. She asked "Can anyone tell me why?" I would like to supply an answer to her q…

Mayor Scott's promise of a discussion at the September Council meeting of the 260 citizen signature petition on our new City Hall was instead passed off to Council President Kozlowski for a one sided rebuttal. No discussion by Council and no discussion or questions allowed by citizens. The C…

I am learning the difficult language of Hawaiian. Amber told me about a language app for my phone. She is learning four languages, but I thought it would be fun to try to learn Hawaiian. Wow, it is challenging, but I am slowly picking up many of the terms. The app is called Duolingo, and it …

Talk about timing! Ciel Downing has it. She put out the word for an impromptu neighborhood gathering in her front yard on the last good-weather day of September. About 20 neighbors answered the call, showing up with food and lawn chairs. Eventually a fire was lit and everyone enjoyed good ea…

Thanks to Doug Olson for word that Pacific City Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will meet via Zoom at noon on Tuesday, October 5. Participants will hear from local elected officials including a recap of recent actions at the Oregon Legislature and happenings around Tillamook County. The …

Here are a few questions to consider: Why are the hospitals telling people with COVID symptoms to go home, and if it gets worse, come to the hospital, thus, suppressing early treatment and the use of long-approved, FDA medications like hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, and azithromycin, which …

Suicide Prevention Awareness month this September is winding up, but there’s one more free training on offer to our community. “Mental Health First Aid,” is a free online course provided by Oregon State University. The training helps participants develop the skills and confidence to help oth…

When most gardeners think of sedums they think of the late summer bloomers called Stonecrop ‘Autumn Joy.’ Even if you don’t have this sedum in your garden, you will recognize it in other local gardens as it is a staple in the coastal garden.

The Cape Meares Community Association (CMCA) held its first meeting in more than 18 months on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. Some community members attended in person at the Barbara Bennett Community Center, whereas others attended via Zoom, thanks to the technical assistance of Annesa Eastbu…

“I’m running for governor because I believe it’s going to take steady leadership to help us move beyond this pandemic and start building a better future,” said Democratic State Treasurer Tobias Read. “We need to stop lurching from one crisis to the next and lay out a vision for where to take…

Last Wednesday on the 8th of September, while the Oregon Board of Forestry was meeting and your local neighbors were petitioning them to implement changes in forest policy that would better protect drinking water, a helicopter hired by Stimson Lumber hit a high power line while spraying a mi…

Kudos to Congressman Kurt Schrader for leading critical efforts to determine the origin of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Boy, are Kathy and Kevin Burke in the chips! Fish and chips, that is. In a single day, they caught 10 trout and two salmon. First, neighbor Jerry Thompson took them out on Cape Meares Lake, where they each limited out (five apiece) on pretty rainbow trout. Next, neighbor Steve Walz took them…

Congratulations to Evan and Jamie Carver on the sale of their custom built home as the couple make preparations for an upcoming move to Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Jamie shared in a recent Facebook post that the family, along “with her folks” will make the move this fall. Jamie has been …

I planted a huge crop of zucchini this year, and am really reaping the benefits. I have a black thumb, so I am hugely pleased and quite satisfied with them. But, I have decided next year I will plant less zucchini and substitute bunches of spaghetti squash. We bought one from a farmers marke…

What a pleasure to stop in at Seasons Kaz Sparks’s new flagship store for her business, The Salty Raven. The new store is located right on the main drag in Tillamook at 109 Main Ave.; it should be in a great position to draw in tourist traffic as well as business from us locals. The window d…

Wow! The week got away from me! We spent Labor Day weekend in Central Oregon with Amber, but are now in Milwaukie with our daughter. She signed all the papers for the sale of her house in Gladstone, and is now settling down nicely in Milwaukie. We just spent two days painting the exterior. W…

Tillamook Work Source will host a Hiring Fair starting at 9 a.m. and lasting “all day” on Wednesday, September 15. They’re located at 2101 5th Street in Tillamook. Drop by to pick up their map of participating employers, County-wide, and enter their drawing to win prizes.

By the end of this year you might be in a new House District, Senate District, or you could even be in Oregon’s brand new sixth congressional district. That’s because the Oregon Legislature will draw new boundaries for political offices in the state.

My neighbor called us and warned us to look around when we pull into our driveway. She was sitting by her window that faces our house and watched a bear walk down our driveway. Darn, I wish I could have seen that! I guess some of the folks in Lake Lytle Estates have reported bear sightings t…

Hebo Women's Book Club met last week via Zoom. Besides myself, participants included Melanie Merryman, Rachel Pettit, Nancy Whitehead and Joan WIlke. We discussed "The Snow Child," a first book by Eowyn Ivey, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2013. Joan checked out T…

We held a belated birthday dinner for Steve and Karen Walz the other day. We learned of another birthday baby and added him to the mix: Steve’s younger brother Tim. Tim Walz lives in Northern Calif.; he was up in Oregon for a week or so to help their sister Sherry with estate administration.…

Jody had something come up, and asked me to step in this week. That means no birthdays, anniversaries, or the other things that she is good at noting, and I am good at forgetting.

Brenda Charter’s letter to editor incorrectly focuses on the current requirement, that children must wear a mask, when out of their homes. Our government has been requiring health decisions for children for years, to help save their lives. Government requires children use seat belts, and bei…

50% of Tillamook County citizens refuse to be vaccinated while their County is overrun by tourists from all over the United States, who may or may not be vaccinated.

Cape Meares residents Rod and Mary Jane Pelson own a second home in Lake Almanor, Calif. Yes, right where the Dixie Fire has been burning for weeks. The Pelsons had been on alert for more than a week and were essentially packed to go when the mandatory evacuation siren and alerts sounded on …

For the last twenty years, I have been gardening on the basis that I live in a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone of 8. This is important because it affects the type of plants that will survive winter temperatures. The most recent of the USDA maps was put out in 2012 and since Oregon State University…

In a recent letter a writer noted the importance of carefully evaluating the science regarding COVID 19. I AGREE 100%!

I have noticed that there are people who have a religious objection to receiving a vaccine that protects against the SARS-COV-2 virus, saying the Lord will protect those who have faith and that we shouldn't depend on human intervention. This reminds me of a story about a man whose house was …

A little bird told me that Jenny Francis won first-place ribbons for both her rug and jam at the 2021 Tillamook County Fair. Congratulations to Jenny! You can see why she spearheads our Cape Meares Crafters Guild.

Cloverdale cruise-in is coming again, South County! The free "non-event" is planned from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 4 in downtown Cloverdale. The car show, an annual happening for some years until Covid-19, welcomes classic cars, trucks and motorcycles; there's no entry fee. …

I hit a milestone today! Today’s column is my 500th column for the Rockaway Beach Fencepost! I do really enjoy writing it, but I really need to thank all those folks that text, message or call with information to add to my column each week. You folks make it fun and easy! If you would like m…

Much of our mainstream, Orwellian media would have us believe that the more than 4,000 reported serious injuries that have resulted from receiving the COVID jab is comparatively low, considering the millions that have been vaccinated. But a study conducted by Harvard University found that le…

Kalanchoe (KAL-un-KOH-ee) is the succulent I have chosen for August. Find one of these lovely, easy-to-grow plants and you will be charmed forever. From the family Crassulaceae, there are over 125 species in this genus, although not all of them are regularly seen in cultivation. Originally f…