Happy Thanksgiving, one and all! It may not be a traditional celebration, but if you are reading this, you are still alive and kicking, and that’s something to be thankful for. We can also be thankful for the promising results from some of the COVID vaccines.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! I’ve learned, too late, of a handful of take-out Thanksgiving options, but each of them needed more than a day’s notice to prepare turkey and the trimmings for us.  I hope that you have a happy celebration, within the parameters required during Covid season.…

First, allow me to wish all my readers a most wonderful Thanksgiving. I do give thanks for all of you who have been following my column for more than 16 years. It will be a strange Thanksgiving this year for sure, but everything has been strange this year. The saddest part will be not being …

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The Tillamook Board of Commissioners approved increased day use access and annual pass fees which will include boat ramps, access to lakes, rivers and the ocean starting January 1, 2021. Oregon law mandated in the 60’s that all water in Oregon is owned by the public. Tillamook County Parks, …

 Much more competition in Newport. Many more stations to choose from. The better question is why does Fred Meyer charge so much for their gas? It really sets the base price for all the competition. Fred Meyer is really gouging all of us. Transportation costs to New Port are more than to Till…

Greetings Bay City! I had a number of phone calls, emails and cards about my veterans tribute column. Thank you for taking the time to share your own stories, and for your encouraging words. Several of you asked for “The Rest of The Story”, as Paul Harvey used to say, so I asked Kin to share…

An art corner is developing at the corner of Mertel and 4th St. NW in Cape Meares. Jenny Francis first erected a totem-like post topped with a delicately sculpted and painted female head. Next came a similar post featuring a man’s head with piercing eyes. Both posts are covered in tiled mosa…

Thanks to Jo Rack, writing with an update for Nestucca Valley Backpack Food Program. She explains that with distance learning in place for South Tillamook County students since March, "the schools have engaged in a downright heroic effort to provide food for the students on weekdays." She ad…

I rode my red scooter into town last week with full intention to visit all the stores in town. It was so cold! I made it to Simply Charming, which is really awesome, I warmed up, and visited with Steve and Kim Tackett, then promptly went back home to warm up. Thank goodness Kim had a facemas…

We want to thank Debbie Booth-Schmidt and Melissa Cribbins for running for state legislature representing Tillamook County. They provided important perspectives on issues like workers rights, education, conservation, healthcare and COVID recovery that wouldn’t have been discussed had they no…

We are all breathing a collective sigh of relief today, and, underneath our masks, have a strange upturn to our lips. Don’t worry. The latter is known as a smile, something many of us have not experienced, at least politically, for the past four years. Let’s savor this moment of celebration.

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in the mild climate of coastal Oregon. Our summers are cool to warm but not hot and our USDA Zone is 8b or even 8a. But the nicest part to me is the mild winters that the ocean currents provide for us.

Cape Meares lost a beloved member of our community the weekend of Halloween. Merry Ann Bennett passed away after a long illness. Our deepest condolences to her husband of 62 years, Harold, and the rest of the Bennett family and close friends. The neighborhood won’t be the same without Merry …

Greetings Bay City! On Veterans Day our nation pauses to honor, respect, and show our gratitude to the men and women who served and came home, and to remember the ones who didn’t. I want to share a personal story. My husband Kin had already graduated from Oregon State University. We were mar…

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Dale and I just bought an Instant Pot at Costco. We had an amazing potato soup at our friends house, social distancing of course. It was then we decided to buy one. Last night we had our own totally awesome soup, and we are hooked. A Facebook friend, Robin McDonald, has been giving me advice…

This Veterans Day across the nation, for the first time since the holiday was conceived in November 1919, there will be no large ceremonies in big cities and small towns in observance to properly express our gratitude and appreciate of our country’s brave men and women who served in the Unit…

In one’s life we shall experience upturns and downturns as well. Many! However, few are as maddening or saddening as those which occur wherein the leaders espouse apparent politico beliefs that those persons they have pledged to serve go utterly neglected, , disparaged, beleaquered, plighted…

“The house was very quiet, and the fog - we are in November now - pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost.”

On a recent Monday morning, a beach walker on Bayocean spit found a live seal entangled in a net on the beach. She sent some pictures of the seal to Jim Rice, Stranding Coordinator for Oregon State University (cell phone 541-270-6830), and he could see it was a young Guadalupe fur seal that …

Did you know that Tillamook County has voted consistent with the elected president in general elections since 1992? That’s right, Tillamook County voters can predict the President! As we go to press, ABC’s affiliate in Portland included this trivia in a newscast. I’m curious whether that has…

I’m trying to make an informed decision on the race for House of Representatives District 32 between Suzanne Weber and Debbie Boothe-Schmidt. I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen and read about Weber.

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Greetings Bay City! Happy Halloween! Last week the Fenceposts and Gardening Matters were only available online due to the extensive coverage of campaigning and other news; so if you missed those articles you can read them online.

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Happy Halloween dear readers! Here are some ideas for celebrating safely as COVID season continues: Host an online costume contest with friends and family near and far.

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In 2018, Representative Mitchell won by less than 5% and just a few short months later it was apparent that she did not represent the people of House District 32. Rather, she represented the big unions and special interest groups that paid her way to the legislative seat. She voted the way s…

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Oregonians value our rural northwest way of life, so I’m delighted that Debbie Boothe-Schmidt wants to represent us in the state legislature. She’s immersed in our local communities as a mom, grandmother, union leader, and now as a small business owner. She’s been a community volunteer for y…

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I have been a resident of Manzanita for 30 years, and was on the planning commission for 20 years and I now have a grave concern about the upcoming City of Manzanita election.

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The question the present city council should be asking of the citizens of Manzanita is: Do you want a city hall building in like new condition or do you want a newly built building at twice the cost? Both options will meet the city’s needs, be structurally sound and last as long as the city …

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My grandfather, the OldOld Man, was made from special stock. World War II vet. All-American Quarterback. Father of three. And he was pure John Wayne, down to his diction. So much so, in fact, that his fellow church usher, Walt Stram, would always tell us about the time a member of the congre…

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I’ve been participating in and observing politics and politicians for most of my adult life. I served as a press secretary and chief of staff to a governor and have written two books of political history. Observing politics up close can be a rewarding pursuit. Sometimes you encounter really …

The question the present city council should be asking of the citizens of Manzanita is: Do you want a city hall building in like new condition or do you want a newly built building at twice the cost? Both options will meet the city's needs, be structurally sound and last as long as the city …

Mr. Stone's use of the words "shady and sneakily" in describing the incumbent's actions in making some of their decisions as city councilors is reason to cry foul. The Candidates For Change both individually and collectively ask all citizens to carefully consider their wording in these matte…

I have been a resident of Manzanita for 30 years, and was on the planning commission for 20 years and I now have a grave concern about the upcoming City of Manzanita election.

Manzanita voters have an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often to introduce some new thinking and new directions into the Manzanita City Council.

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Usually my column for the week before Halloween is about spiders and their helpfulness in the garden. But Joe Warren did such a nice job talking about spiders in the October 7th issue that I thought I would find a new scary topic this year: bats!

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“Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it's about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves.”

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I chatted with Assistant to the Fire Chief Mickey Hays recently about backyard burning. The burn ban was lifted October 10, but there is no free for all, Hays explained. Burn permits are required and are available for free online. Go to nrfpd.com to complete and print yours. It authorizes on…

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There are 24 new personalized bricks on the walkway to the Barbara Bennett Community Center. Chris Spence spearheaded the fundraising drive to add more bricks to the apron in front of the building. These new bricks brought in $1,200 for the care and maintenance of the community center. Chris…

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Earlier in September I did a column where I briefly discussed the benefits of attracting toads and snakes to the garden. And I promised to go into more detail. Then fire struck Tillamook County and I felt it important to do a column on fire resistant plants. But here I am back to the topic o…

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I previously worked with both candidates from March 2014-March 2020 and I believe that Josh is the better choice for our community. Josh took a chance and stepped up at the beginning of this election to run against the current Sheriff because he knows that the management in the office needs …

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We all want our families to be able to have reliable, good-paying jobs now and in the future. But the corporate interests behind Timber Unity PAC, along with Koch Industries and other large corporate interests, have created a false choice in rural Oregon: either economic prosperity or clean …