Published 02/07/2019 8:45pm - Michael Hains
OCEANSIDE, OR - At around 4:45 pm Thursday afternoon fire crews were summoned to an address on Ocean Street near Chinook Avenue in Oceanside for a report of a smoke alarm sounding in a residence. Within minutes, 9-1-1 dispatchers were inundated with calls reporting a house fire at that address.
When fire crews arrived a short time later they found the house fully engulfed in flames and spreading to neighboring houses. Fire crews quickly asked for a 3rd alarm, which brought crews in from all over Tillamook County. Citizens who were in the area also jumped into action helping the initial fire crew battle the blaze, manning hoses until more fire crews arrived.
A total of 4 buildings ( 3 houses and 1 garage) were damaged or destroyed in the fire. The house in which the fire started is a total loss. Fortunately, all occupants of the houses involved were about to get out safely.
Netarts-Oceanside Fire District was assisted on-scene by crews from Tillamook Fire, Bay City Fire, Garibaldi Fire, Tillamook Ambulance and Tillamook PUD. The cause fire is unknown at this time and is currently under investigation.
It's that time of year to begin prepping for Tillamook High School's Charity Drive! This year's charity drive, which will be the 66th, kicks off on February 8th and will go for 10 days, ending on February 18th.
Last year, students at THS raised $174,932.41, all to benefit Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, as well as local scholarships and charities. Over the past 65 years, more than $3 Million have been raised.
Below are just some of the events you can look forward to during this year's Charity Drive!
Monday, February 11th- Mr. THS @7:00pm at the Tillamook High School Auditorium.
Wednesday, February 13th- Donkey Basketball @7:00pm in the Tillamook High School main gym.
Sunday, February 17th- Stud Muffin Volleyball @6:00pm in the Tillamook High School main gym.
TCSO Search and Rescue Team conducting search for missing Portland man
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2019
Manzanita, Oregon: On January 27, 2019 the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team was activated to assist the Manzanita Police Department with a search for a missing Portland area man. The subject, identified as Paul G. Jensen, age 52 from Portland, was initially reported missing to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on January 26, 2019 by family members.
On January 27, 2019; Jensen’s vehicle was found unoccupied in Manzanita, Oregon by Officers from the Manzanita Police Department who then requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office with the search.
“Our Search and Rescue team has been assisting Manzanita Police Department with the search for Mr. Jensen since Sunday. At this time all efforts to locate Mr. Jensen have been unsuccessful, however, we will continue to deploy SAR teams and resources to the area in an effort to locate him”, said Lt. James Horton, Criminal Division Commander at the Sheriff’s Office. “Our Deputies and Manzanita Police Department will continue to search the area throughout the week”, said Horton.
Tillamook County SAR continues to receive assistance with the search from the Mt. Wave Search and Rescue Team and the Manzanita Police Department. If anyone has information on the current whereabouts of Paul G. Jensen they are encouraged to contact the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office at 503-815-3330 or Tillamook 911 at 503-815-1911.
BARVIEW, OR - On December 24, 2018 at approximately 5:32 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers (OSP) and emergency personnel responded to a reported fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on US-101 around milepost 54.
Preliminary investigation revealed the victim, Carol Warner Christen, age 79, of Yamhill, had been reported missing to TIllamook County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) at 4:55 PM from Barview Jetty County Park, just north of the crash scene. At approximately 5:29PM, TCSO dispatch was alerted a person was laying in the roadway at milepost 54. At 5:32PM, OSP Northern Command Center dispatched troopers to the scene of fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash.
Christen suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The drivers of the vehicles that struck Christen stayed on scene and cooperated with the investigation.
US-101 was completely closed for approximately four hours after the crash. OSP was assisted by TCSO, Rockaway Beach Police, Garibaldi Fire & Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will be presenting "A Christmas Surprise" on November 30th and December 1st, both at 7pm. The event will be held at the Red Barn on 12th Street near Les Schwab Tires.
The performance will present both traditional and non-traditional holiday music, dance, and more. The event is family friendly and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
“Christmas Surprise” is staged by Joni Sauer-Folger and produced by Val Braun, with musical direction by Diane Nelson, and dance numbers by Dance Zone. The cast features: Julie Bucknam, Kelli McMellon, Kathy Gervasi, Diane Nelson, Kiara Carver, and Joni Sauer-Folger.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Diamond Art Jewelers or at the door.
WALDPORT, OR- Concluding a lengthy investigation, Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section has arrested Don Lee McAlpine Jr, for Rape in the 1st Degree. McAlpine allegedly raped a 26 year-old mentally disabled female at Beachside State Park between August 10 and August 12, 2018.
OSP is requesting the public’s assistance in obtaining any information from anyone who might have stayed at or passed through Beachside State Park from August 10 through August 12.
Please contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (503) 731-3030 and reference case number SP18-340959.
OSP will like to thank our partner agencies: McMinnville Police Department, Dallas Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
SOLVE will be hosting its Fall 2018 Beach and Riverside Pick Up Saturday, September 29th from 10am to 1pm. It is one of two scheduled Beach events for the year, the other already being held back in March.
SOLVE, originally spelled SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandelism), was started in 1969 by then governor Tom McCall and other leaders in the community. The Beach Clean Up was started in 1984. Today, it is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission "to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship."
One of their main events, the upcoming Beach pick up will coincide with National Public Lands Day. There will be over 100 sites open for litter and restoration projects. Roughly half of those will be on the coast to pick up beach debris.
The event in March was hosted solely on Oregon's Beaches, with 45 locations open for volunteers. The March event saw over 3000 volunteers who helped remove over 16,000 tons of litter and debris.
Those interested in getting involved with SOLVE, can go here
A little storefront on Main AVE in Tillamook has stood out the past several weeks. But with construction, it has been difficult to access.
On a slow day last week, we were able to swing into this storefront: Food Table. This is run by an organization called Food Roots NW.
What is Food Roots NW?
According to Food Roots, their aim is to "foster a strong food system in which everyone in Tillamook County will be able to eat local food daily, and through which residents will better understand their role in the local food system, have the ability to grow their own food when possible, and have the resources to eat well. We believe such a food system will lead to a healthier community, a stronger economy, and increased well being throughout our communities."
Food Roots was founded in 2006 and has helped form relations with farmers, organizations, markets, and more. They have also worked with the Oregon Food Bank.
Food Roots offers a variety of programs and/or assistance
Farm To School Program
Currently the following schools participate in the Food To School Program:
The program allows students to be connected to the food they eat by having them involved in the growing of the food. Students are engaged in the planning, building, and even maintaining of the gardens at their schools. They also are connected to gardening, cooking, and nutrition lessons.
The Food To School Program also brings real world lessons in regards to science, math, technology, and engineering. These are provided through the gardening process, observations, cooking, and reading and writing.
Accessing Local Foods associated with Food Roots
As mentioned above, there is a storefront called Food Table. It is operated by Food Roots and open Monday through Friday during the day. It is operated by volunteers. Food Roots also is set up at the Tillamook Farmers Market from 9a to 2p during Market Season.
Food is grown locally and usually on a small scale.
During our visit, there was plenty of fresh vegetables present, as well as meat, dairy, and eggs from local farms.
Some of the local products were:
What is available varies from day to day and is season dependent.
Food Roots can help you with becoming a successful farmer. If you aren't ready to farm, they can also provide you with the ability to support formers by purchasing their product.
If you would like more information, you can go to www.foodroodsnw.org
DEPOE BAY, OR - On September 9, 2018 at approximately 5:30 PM, Oregon State Police, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and the United States Coast Guard responded to a report of two people who had been swept into the Pacific Ocean off Otter Crest Loop Near Depoe Bay. The two were located and transported to Samaritan Pacific Hospital, in Newport, where they were pronounced deceased.
Investigators learned Miaochan Chen (age 49 from Lake Oswego-male) and Wenjun Zhu (age 41 from Lake Oswego-female) were visiting the Oregon Coast with their 10 year old daughter. The group were picnicking off Otter Crest Loop when Chen , Zhu, and their daughter took a trail down to rocks which overlooked the ocean. A wave washed over the rocks and swept Chen and Zhu into the ocean. Their daughter was unharmed.
The United State Coast launched a helicopter from Newport and a 47 ft motor life boat from Depoe Bay. While The Oregon State Police and Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. Chen and Zhu’s bodies were located, both unresponsive, at approximately 6:30 PM and helicoptered from the ocean to a landing zone at Rocky Creek State Park.
Life saving measures were attempted for both Chen and Zhu as they were transported, via ambulance, to Pacific Communities Hospital. Chen and Zhu succumbed to their injuries and pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Chen, Zhu, and their daughter had immigrated to the United States from China in July. Family members were notified with the help of the Chinese Consulate. The Department of Human Services - Lincoln County responded and placed their daughter into a local foster home and will be working with the families for her further placement.
OSP was assisted by US Coast Guard, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County District Attorney and Medical Examiner's Office, Department of Human Services, and Lake Oswego Police Department.
The US Coast Guard and OSP reminds all beach goers, residents and visitors to the Pacific Northwest coast to always be aware of the dangerous conditions that exist on the coastline regions. Being aware of tidal changes and wave patterns can help you avoid these types of tragic situations.
Looking to get involved in your community? Do you live or work in South Tillamook County? Consider joining the Lions!
Lions International is a non political service club organization. A major part of the Lions is to be a fund raiser for worthy causes. They also work with the community to help provide various health screenings, including but not limited to, hearing and vision screening.
One of the recent projects the Lions contributed to was to help the Food Shelter in Cloversale with better signage. Nestucca Valley Lions will also be providing vision screening to all students at Nestucca Valley Elementary School on September 25th.
There will also be an open house on September 25th at 7p at the Lions Den. Feel free to stop by!
The Lions Den is located at 34510 Parkway Drive, Cloverdale.