I have had several people ask me about my brother's battle with pancreatic cancer. Well, the news isn't good. His CA19.9 has doubled to 4079. All his other tests are normal or close to normal. The Cat Scan he recently had showed nothing significant. He has now been switched to Folfox chemo (…

Hebo Women’s Book Club met for November last week. Melanie Merryman hosted the Zoom call and Nancy Whitehead led our discussion of “Tightrope” by Nicholas Kristof. Besides the three of us, attendees included Rachel Petit, Madlen Silkwood and Joan Wilke. The best seller was a thought provokin…

Hard to believe that we are approaching the gift-giving season already this year. Which means it is also time for my gift suggestions for your gardening family or friends or maybe just for yourself. My late November gift column traditionally gives ideas for long range gifts, while my early D…

An atmospheric river hit the northern Oregon coast hard over Veterans Day weekend. Cape Meares didn’t escape it. A neighbor who keeps close track of precipitation and dumps her rain gauge at 8 o’clock each morning tallied 1.5” on Nov. 11, 3.5” on Nov. 12, and 1.25” on Nov. 13; over six inche…

Greetings Bay City! I feel a little disjointed after several weeks away from my desk. Vacations are difficult for me; it takes a week for me to relax and start to enjoy myself, and by then it’s time to go home. But I wasn’t idle; I have been busy gathering news.

I attended a simply charming event at ‘Simply Charming' last week. Kim had a ‘Thursday Afternoon Tea' featuring Neahkanie Fog tea from North Fork Tea out of Nehalem, Oregon. Actually, there were three teas to sample from and all three were wonderful. Penny Cole, of Rockaway Beach, is the, we…

We were taking a walk on the beach the other day when we ran into neighbor Kristi Ostroff. She had a rather shocked look on her face and told us, “I just saw a dead owl on the beach! I’ve never seen an owl on the beach before.” We hadn’t, either, so we marched down the beach to take a look a…

Tillamook County Library announced last week that the Board of Commissioners voted recently to reopen County offices. This means that there are no longer time restrictions for library patrons. Before last week, use was limited to fifteen minutes per patron, per visit. For more information, c…

With the new, happy colors of the tourist Train, Miller Street property owners between 1st and 19th ave in Rockaway Beach are enthusiastically offering smiles in these difficult times with “Storybook lane” (a walk and memories of favorite childhood books and characters).

We had such a nice community get-together on October 30. It was our first Cape Meares potluck since the pandemic began. The Barbara Bennett Community Center was decorated for Halloween, including a giant, menacing spider that touched the heads of people passing beneath it. Attendees, many in…

Food Roots Pie Night has gone virtual for Thanksgiving! Each of us can visit the online fund raiser to order Thanksgiving pies between November 9 and 20th; go to www.foodrootsnw.org. In the spirit of an auction fundraiser, prices are higher to allow Food Roots to benefit from the generosity …

I missed a birthday last week! But, this is perfect, because her birthday is Friday, November 12th. So, a very special birthday greeting to Georgette Shoji. I wish for you everything good in life!

How did we make it to November already? Seems like yesterday when I was trying to figure out what to change in the garden for the spring. But to be honest, by this time of the year I am ready to put the gardening tools away for a while and retreat inside to catch up on my reading and writing.

With the new, happy colors of the tourist Train, Miller Street property owners between 1st and 19th ave in Rockaway Beach are enthusiastically offering smiles in these difficult times with “Storybook lane” (a walk and memories of favorite childhood books and characters).

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The Zimmerman family, headed by Wilhelm and Albertine, were one of the Nehalem Valley’s first homesteader families. They came from Bremen, Germany settled in Wisconsin and then came across the country to stake their claim in what is now Wheeler. The Zimmermans were a successful family. The H…

The 2021 Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention will be held December 10th-12th in Happy Valley, Oregon. See https://dpo.org/2021-platform-convention/. Tillamook County Democrats are allowed to send six delegates and three alternates. The only eligibility requirement is that you be a…

As a former Board member for the Tillamook County Transportation District (TCTD), I want to say it is one of the best run organizations I have seen in my seventy-some years, having worked in corporations and private companies for most of those years. Routes, riders’ needs, and fair employee …

There they were, digging ditches in the mud with rain pouring down their backs…we owe a big thank-you to the Tillamook PUD! Their crew has been involved in an extensive project on 2nd and 3rd Streets NW in Cape Meares, replacing old, direct-buried conductors with new conductors placed in con…

It was fun to have Trillium Kallio recognize me last week. I was a drive through customer at Antoinette's Kitchen in Tillamook, where she works. I buy the house salad with blue cheese there for my lunch almost every Tuesday. Trillium attended Nestucca High School with my older kids; she live…

Can you believe it is already November. You know what that means? It's ‘who has a birthday this month' time!! Okay, grab your cup of chai, and here goes. Happy birthday to David Dillion, Myrna Riley, Louanne Swanson, Letty Buchanan, Danielle Hurd, Carolyn Walters, John Magnano, Lori Martine,…

On behalf of its members, the Oregon State Police Officers Association has been trying to negotiate with the State over the Governor’s Executive Order. To date, the State has been recalcitrant at best to address the concerns of our members. In particular our members are concerned about the d…

Usually, my last column of October features something spooky like spiders or bats to celebrate Halloween. But this year I am taking a different track and offering some ideas for autumn decorating using – what else? – succulents.

He’s hanging up his boots—his fire boots, that is. Randy Klobas has retired from the Tillamook Fire Dept. (TFD) after serving as a volunteer fireman in Cape Meares for fifteen years. Fifteen years! Randy and his colleagues have put out many a smoldering fire in driftwood right here on our be…

Hebo Woman’s Book Club met for October last week via Zoom. Madlen Silkwood sent the invitation and hosted the meeting, Joan Wilke led our discussion of “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, a stunning debut novel by Ocean Vuong. Besides those mentioned and myself, attendees included Melanie Merr…

Recently, an article was posted on the Oregon Coast Alliance (ORCA) website under the “News” and “Victories” tabs. The title of the article was “Wheeler: The End of the Ulbricht Project and the Beginning of a Brighter Future.” The article was about, once again, stopping a developer from buil…

Last week, Captain Pete wrote a paragraph for this column describing his 30th annual Hogs ’r’ Runnin’ salmon derby and its official results. But I have sources beyond him. This week, you’ll hear the rest of the story…

The buzz of a chain saw can be heard most mornings on Parkway Drive in Cloverdale. My neighbor, Jacob Trent, (Nestucca class of 2003 who attended school with my own kids) is creating lifelike wood sculptures in the carport next door even as I write. Jacob tells me that he learned the craft f…

I lost my calendar for my column last weekend, and I am totally lost without my notes now. So, bear with me. I hope I can recall everything I was going to talk about for the rest of the year.

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…