Aug 132018

Sitka Spruce
Regatta Park, Lincoln City
“Nuu-K’wii-daa-naa-ye” “Our Ancestor”
GaryGuide photo

Naming 400 year old Sitka Spuce Tree in Regatta Park

The Siletz Tribe asked the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department and the City Council to name a 400 year old growth Sitka Spruce tree at Regatta Park. The Spruce stands tall over a spot on one of the Regatta Park Trails.

The proposed name for the tree was picked by members of the Confederated Siletz Tribes and vetted by the city Parks and Recreation Department. The city council veritably gushed with goodwill toward the Siletz Tribe for coming up with the name for “Our Ancestor,” or Nuu-K’wii-daa-naa-ye” in the Siletz language. The council will prepare the proper notifications and new signage, to declare the new name of the tree that began its life over four centuries ago and if the universe is willing, will continue to stand majestically over the trail at Regatta Park. The declaration was a deeply and profoundly proud and honorable moment for the tribal members, the city council and citizens in the audience.

City Councilor calls for city community news website to debunk false information
City Council Riley Hoagland made a pitch to his fellow councilors that Lincoln City City Hall should have a social website to more efficiently interact with the citizens of Lincoln City. Hoagland lamented that there is entirely too much false or accidentally erroneous information on the street about all kinds of things. He said the city should have it’s own web bullhorn to knock down bad or innocuous information about city operations and decisions the city council makes in trying to keep the city running on all cylinders. Councilor Hoagland suggested the website be called “Hey Lincoln City! Is this true?” No formal action was taken on Councilor Hoagland’s idea.

Lincoln City’s water situation

The council noted that several cities up and down the Oregon Coast – some of them in Lincoln County – are asking their citizens to use the least amount of water in their homes and businesses due to low water levels in local municipal reservoirs and rivers. The council asked city Public Works Director Lila Bradley to give everyone a quick update on Lincoln City’s water situation. Bradley reported that Lincoln City’s water supplies are in fine shape and that everything is humming right along at the city’s water treatment facility on Schooner Creek.

And just before adjournment…

….Mayor Don Williams wrapped up the council meeting with a complaint that he noticed that many drivers headed down the hill that he lives on, don’t always stop at the stop sign at the bottom at Highway 101. In maybe sending the police department a not so veiled request for stepped up enforcement he also mentioned that he hears many trucks on Highway 101 using their very loud and disruptive air brakes, even though their use is illegal in that part of Lincoln City. City Manager Ron Chandler told Mayor Williams he’ll definitely look in to it.

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