My friend (and former assistant) Jaclyn Percy took us out to lunch at Bear Creek Artichokes for my birthday last week. We shared a Turkey Bacon Cheddar sandwich (The TBC) which, besides the obvious ingredients, includes a layer of the restaurant’s to-die-for artichoke dip, toasted on sourdou…

Dale bought me a wonderful ‘Chicken Teriyaki Bowl’ dinner at Tropics Island Grill for our 45th anniversary on Valentines Day. It was so yummy; I ate the whole meal! (But I probably could have gotten three meals out if it.) We had planned on celebrating on Maui, but this was perfect under the…

Greetings Bay City! And a big thank you to Wendy for stepping in for me on such short notice. And, yes, my cheeks are red, red, red! I ask you, the reader, to look past the sweet words and take note of Wendy's writing style. She is a very good reporter, but even more so, a gifted story telle…

A group of Cape Meares residents is concerned about potential development of some land on Bayocean Spit. The owner of the land approached Tillamook County about development options. The county responded, concluding that the only allowable use is low-impact recreational uses. The owner has ap…

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We were all shocked and angered about the recent clearcut logging by Stimson Lumber in the Jetty Creek watershed, and that has motivated us to take strong actions.  In addition to that example of industrial forestry, we have been particularly dismayed by the following:  the large clearcuts o…

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Anyone who has been married for more than two minutes knows that the fastest way to destroy a relationship is when there is a communication breakdown. The situation gets a whole lot worse when one or both people begin to use language that dehumanizes the other. We see this being done all ove…

In response to several letters about censorship, lying is perfectly legal under the constitutionally protected “free speech” amendment. If it weren’t, all the corporate news stations would be in trouble. As far as censorship goes, a private company can make any laws it wants for persons who …

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Tired of having relatives, friends, and acquaintances you no longer talk to or avoid because of their politics? Ever wonder why we never used to have this problem? Watch The Social Dilemma on either Netflix or YouTube?

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Why is Tillamook Country near the bottom in receiving vaccinations? As of today, January 19th, according to the Oregon Health COVID - People Vaccinated by County website, Tillamook ranks fourth from the bottom with 422 vaccinations per 10,000 population. Only Douglas, Malheur, and Columbia c…

This feels like old times, it’s nice to be back writing the column for the week while Jody takes a little time off. I wrote the Bay City Fencepost a couple of years ago and always enjoyed it. The best part of writing the column was the opportunity to talk to so many people each week. Making …

A salute today to Fencepost writer extraordinaire, the late Barbara Bennett. Yesterday would have been Barbara’s 89th birthday. She passed away in the spring of 2019. Barbara was the matriarch of Cape Meares, the heart and soul of our community, quietly serving as the mistress of the old sch…

Dale just finished installing ‘Lifeproof' vinyl flooring, from Home Depot, throughout our entire house. Oh my gosh, it is beautiful. We removed all the old oak molding and now have stunning white molding throughout the entire house. We feel like we have a new house now. I haven't gotten to h…

Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their Hebo home build at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. We’re all invited to celebrate the occasion at the site; let’s save the date. It’s located at 331305 Highway 101 South in Hebo, across U.S. Highway 101 from…

Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for their Veterans’ Home Repair loan program. Qualifying applicants must be owner of the residence within Tillamook County limits, having received an honorary military discharge. They'll need to fall within the program’s income …

We had a couple of storms last month that did minor property damage. Fortunately, Ciel Downing has repaired the section of fence in her front yard that was knocked down. Dave and Ruth Freitas are in the process of rebuilding their eight-by-twelve-foot greenhouse. That greenhouse took a hit f…

Greetings Bay City! Is it already February?! It can't be! It's my favorite month of the year and I can't miss it. I call February the "Sweetheart Month". I will be celebrating wonderful people with sweet hearts all month, starting with our own Dr. Ben Douglas. Ben is a dedicated servant of t…

“Big Tech censorship hits home.” Imagine a private company having the nerve to stop blatant lies. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have contributed to our current atmosphere as a country by allowing lies to be repeated on their platforms. It is time to stop promoting falsehoods, everywhere. T…

There are two concerning articles in the 15 January, 2021 issue of Science regarding herd immunity for the Sars-CoV-2 virus: “Herd immunity by infection is not an option,” on page 230, and “Three-quarters attack rate of SARS-CoV-2 in the Brazilian Amazon during a largely un mitigated epidemi…

My deep appreciation to everyone responsible for creating and maintaining the gracious and engaging mask “campaign” for Manzanita.

It's always been quite clear that the Tillamook Headlight-Herald is a conservative newspaper, but you sure removed any signs of balanced journalism on your front page headline this week - "Big tech censorship hits home".

Tired of having relatives, friends, and acquaintances you no longer talk to or avoid because of their politics? Ever wonder why we never used to have this problem? Watch The Social Dilemma on either Netflix or YouTube?

Someone missed the notice that our beach is closed to motorized vehicles. An older green Geo Tracker, without license plates and possibly stolen, was seen heavily bogged down in the sand on Bayocean Peninsula about 50 yards south of Tillamook’s South Jetty. From reports I received on Jan. 23…

Greetings Bay City! Do you know what I have missed during the pandemic shutdowns?......the library. Not that I didn't order Ebooks and read them on my smartphone. But I missed going inside on rainy days and spending all the time I needed or wanted selecting my weekly reads. This week I had a…

A highlight for me last week was an invitation, on short notice, to have a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. I arranged and kept a vaccine appointment for Saturday afternoon at a local doctor's office. Some days have passed, and there were only two mild side effects. I had a noticeable adr…

As of January 27th, 2012, I began writing Rockaway Beach's Fencepost column! So, I am kinda celebrating a birthday! This year has been the toughest, because there are few things going on in our community.

I have been walking the track at the high school a couple of times a day. I am up to four to six miles a day. Have been thoroughly enjoying our good weather and hate to see winter return. No trip to Maui this year is quite a change for us, but we would rather be safe than sorry. I guess we a…

Hebo Women's Book Club met for January last week on Zoom. besides me, attendees included Rachel Pettit, Madlen Silkwood, Joan Wilke and Nancy Whitehead who lead our discussion. We read "Kitchen," a quick read by Banana Yoshimoto that came highly recommended by our own Theodora Rudolph. We mi…

Sorry for the outdated news in last week’s column. The deadline for the column’s submission had already passed when I found out that seniors aren’t in the next round of vaccinations after all—because there isn’t a federal vaccine reserve (surprise, surprise!). Well, as this isn’t supposed to…

My husband, Dale, has been really enjoying the RB Little Store LLC at 1720 N Hwy 101. Whenever we walk by, his mouth starts watering for their delicious hamburgers. I don't eat red meat, so I just watch him eat it…. Be sure to check them out!

Do you lack a safe stable place to call home? (Are you living in your car, a tent, dry camping or staying with friends?) Project Homeless Connect is planned from 1-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27 at CARE. Their temporary, outdoor, location is located at 904 Main Avenue in Tillamook. Servi…

A glorious waterfall graced the cape last week, shortly after several days of heavy rain. We don’t always have waterfalls there, but a deluge of rain often brings forth one or two. It was a pretty sight to see.

I know it’s hard to believe but the seed catalogs began arriving the day after Christmas. I guess they noticed how many people turned to growing their own food during the pandemic. One of my personal favorite covers was the painting of a gray-haired woman with gardening gloves, a small pigta…

I have no words to describe my fear, anger, and disbelief at what transpired during the week, let alone the entire 2020. So it was with a heavy heart that I went to the City Council meeting. However, as I watched the swearing in ceremony of Mayor David McCall and councilors Tom Imhoff, Melis…

North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection and the Forest Waters Coalition have started the Forest Waters Watch Campaign to help people learn about their water, where it comes from, who owns the land in that watershed and how is that land managed, and what contaminants may be present i…

I would like to report that: Using the PCR test to lockdown businesses in this or any other county is moot. There are PCR cases and court cases. A lawsuit was won when two German tourists were quarantined after positive PCR tests. The court in Lisbon ruled for the German tourists that “In vi…

I am writing in support of Ordinance 86 passed recently by the Tillamook County Commissioners to collect a quarterly fee on short term rental owners to support workforce housing.

I’ve seen, heard and overheard tell this week of locals and visitors playing on logs in the waves on our beaches. Logs on the beach are wet and extremely heavy. They can weigh hundreds of pounds. Yet a single sneaker wave can lift and roll these logs further up or back down the beach. Anyone…

Having our daughter, Amber, here for Christmas made it so much more special. I cooked a lot of meals in the week and a half she was here, but we also enjoyed take home meals from three of our favorite places on the Oregon Coast. The first night she arrived, at her request, the Barviw Jetty S…

A couple of new signs have popped up in Cape Meares, warning of “not a thru” or “dead end” streets. Residents here are all too familiar with cars and even huge RVs coming through the village, looking for the lighthouse—which you can’t reach from here (you have to go up Hwy. 131 and turn nort…

I was saddened to hear of the passing of retired Sheriff Todd Anderson on December 27th. While he started his career with the Washington County Sheriff’s office, we were fortunate that his career path eventually led him to the position of Sheriff in Tillamook County. After retiring, he conti…

As I have been a public official for the last 15 years with a special district in Tillamook County, and realize how citizens who serve their fellow citizens in leadership for very positive results are really a kind of volunteer to give back to the county where they live and make it better fo…

Welcome to the New Year! I think we can all agree that there is no way 2021 can fail to be better than 2020. And good news is already starting to roll in. We have several frontline healthcare workers here in Cape Meares who have already received the first of two shots that will vaccinate the…

As we go to press, the festive holiday décor that’s graced Cloverdale for the past month is coming down to be stored away until next year’s holiday season. I’m finally remembering to thank the four locals who responded to a query on Facebook (“Where are Cloverdale’s decorations this year?”) …

Were you lucky enough to receive an amaryllis for Christmas, 2020? If so, it might have been the best thing that happened to you last year. But now you need to figure out what to do with it to help it to bloom again for 2021.

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Amber has been staying with us since Christmas and we are sure having lots of fun! There has been lot’s of eating, singing and walking. Dale and Amber have even hiked up in the hills a few times. Boy, I am going to miss her when she goes home, but it will be nice to thoroughly clean my house.