Former Governor/Senator Mark Hatfield has died…

Former Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield, dead at 89

Former Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator, and a frequent critic of the size of the U.S. Military has died in Portland following a long illness. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Senator Jeff Merkley’s statement at passing of former Senator Hatfield:

Merkley Statement on the Passing of Senator Mark Hatfield

Portland – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement on the passing of former Governor and Senator Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon.

“I am deeply saddened to hear about Senator Hatfield’s death. “Senator Hatfield took courageous positions of conscience — from opposing the Vietnam War to advocating for the abolition of the death penalty – in the face of substantial political opposition. He inspired many to public service, encouraging them to work to do what is right rather than what is convenient or popular.
“Senator Hatfield played an enormous role in making Oregon what it is today. His hands were at work in the development of so many institutions we treasure as Oregonians, from the Oregon Health and Sciences University, to the Mark Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, to the Opal Creek Wilderness, to name just a few. He should also be remembered, in this age of bitter partisanship, for his bipartisan and gracious diplomacy.

I have greatly admired Senator Hatfield since I had the chance to be one of the hundreds of interns he hosted over his decades of public service. Tonight, a great man has passed from among us and we will miss him greatly. Mary and I will be holding his wife and partner Antoinette and his family in our prayers.

Sen. Jeff Merkley


Statement from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden:

“Oregon has lost a great son. The United States Senate has lost of one of its former giants. The nation has lost a man who represented honesty and decency. And I have lost a very good friend.

Senator Hatfield was a colleague and friend to many who still serve in the United States Senate and he was a hero to a generation of Oregonians who came to admire him for his independence and principles. We will remember him as someone who was universally respected and whose word was his bond.

Senator Hatfield was never one to be driven by party affiliation or ideological litmus tests. He was religious but not intolerant. Idealistic but not naïve. A politician but not partisan. He was willing to stand alone, but never one to grandstand.

I know that all Oregonians join me in offering condolences to his wife, Antoinette, and his four children, Elizabeth, Mark Jr., Theresa and Visko.”

Two surfers in distress off Salishan Spit


Depoe Bay and North Lincoln Fire/Rescue are enroute to the jaws area of the Salishan Spit for two surfers who may have been taken offshore by a nasty rip current. They put in at SW 51st Street Lincoln City but a witness saw them taken out to sea toward the end of Salishan Spit. Coast Guard enroute from Depoe Bay.

Update 8:24PM

Surfers have been rescued. They are cold but otherwise okay. A sheriff’s deputy transported both surfers back to their beach camp on SW 51st in Lincoln City.

21st Annual “Quilts by the Sea” quilt show in Newport

“Holiday Wedding,” Upper Left, “Dresden Plate,” Anna Roberts of Lincoln Sew and Vac, Upper Right, “Ocean Waves,” Lower Right, “Mini Dutchman’s Puzzle”, Lower Left
Click on photos to enlarge!

Provided by Casey Miller, Ocean 18

The Oregon Coast Quilters Guild – 21st Annual Quilts by the Sea Quilt Show

For ease of viewing, quilts were divided in 15 categories based on size and construction techniques. Entrants selected the category that best represented their own items. Entry numbers were presented on different colored tags to help individuals move easily from section to section.

Best of Show (Medium Pieced 2nd Party) (418), “A Holiday Wedding” Constructed by Dolores Thomas. Quilted by Jennifer Reinhart. Pattern/Designer: Quilter Magazine. Comments: “I had never made a wedding ring quilt. When i got the holiday issue of the Quilter Magazine I was taken by this Christmas rendition. After putting it off for almost five years, I knew it was time to just do it. My daughter’s beautiful quilting has made this a true family treasure.”

First Place (Art Quilts – An original design, a creative interpretation, something different. Not made from a published pattern.) (809)
“Ocean Waves” Quilted by Karen Donobedian. Original design based on a photo by Dr. Robert Schroder, NOAA. “Since I love turtles I had several turtle pictures that I received permission to use in designing a quilt. Janet Fogg taught me how to design the turtle to be primarily pieced. I was obsessed with finishing the quilt., it took several months to piece and then several more to quilt.”

First Place (Large/medium hand quilted) (1029), “Dresden Plate” Hand quilted by Mary Lou Mate. Pattern/Designer Mary Lou Mate. “I started this quilt about 14 years ago and worked on it while I was traveling for work, including on ships. It has gone many miles and been in many countries. The nice thing about doing applique by hand and hand quilting is that it is portable!”

First Place (miniature) (708), “Mini Dutchman’s Puzzle” Quilted by Mechelle Johnson.

For more information contact Jane Szabo:

The Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild was founded in February 1991 to promote fellowship among quilters; to promote knowledge and appreciation of quilts and quilt making through educational programs and meetings; and to sponsor and support quilting activities.

Tired of the political chaos?? Want a pleasant, refreshing refuge dedicated to renewal??

Yachats Psychic Fair, The Commons, through Sunday at 5pm.

By Vivian Mills, Waldport Reporter

At a time of economic and political upheaval, Yachats offers peace in the eye of the storm. It is the 15th annual Holistic Health, Psychic and Crafts Fair being held at the Yachats Commons through Sunday.

The message is simple: “Create a pleasant present by healing ourselves, healing our planet…together”.

The Fair is sponsored by the Chuckling Cherubs Ministry whose stated purpose is to provide information to the public “for the purpose of elevating the human spirit and helping humanity remember their connection to the Divine.”

At The Commons you will find 70 exhibitors, 20 educational seminars, and lots of helpful, smiling faces. Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is also free.

Some unique experiences include a sacred space called C.A.R.L.A. which stands for Clarity, Awareness, Relaxing, Loving Atmosphere.

True to any Psychic Fair, you will find all manner of bodywork, Reiki, energy healings, aura photos, herbal remedies, various types of divination and psychic readings. This is the largest Fair of this kind on the Oregon Coast. It continues until seven pm Saturday night and on Sunday 9am-5pm.

Planning for climate change along the Oregon Coast

Provided by Oregon Shores Project Pioneers


The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition has launched a pilot project in Lincoln County that will explore a grassroots approach to long-range planning for climate change impacts. The eventual goal of the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project is to develop community-based plans for the entire coastal region. But for this first year, Oregon Shores is seeking the help of Lincoln County citizens in laying the groundwork.

At a public meeting Aug. 17, 7 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Community College’s Newport branch (Room 62—the lecture hall), the project will host speakers from two community efforts at climate change planning that have already taken place, in Neskowin and Port Orford. Those potentially interested in participating in the Oregon Shores project are invited to attend the free event and learn more.

Funded in part by grants from the Meyer Memorial Trust and Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the project is aimed at bolstering the resilience of both natural and human communities in the face of probable climate change impacts. From rising sea levels and increased erosion, to changes in estuaries and potential loss of marshes, to intensified droughts and flooding, climate change will re-shape the Oregon coast and threaten infrastructure. The goal of the Oregon Shores project is long-range, adaptive planning, enabling us to respond thoughtfully to these challenges.

  It is implicit in this project that climate change driven by global warming due to our emission of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” is an inescapable reality, a conviction shared by 97% of scientists in relevant fields.  However, adaptive planning doesn’t require assumptions about the pace and intensity of these changes.  Rather, it is the development of a method for the community to respond flexibly over decades as knowledge increases and the effects of climate change become apparent. 

The project enabled us to bring aboard a volunteer coordinator, Paris Edwards, who is now working actively to organize “core teams” of citizen planners (one team will work county-wide, while others will focus on the Newport and Yachats-south county areas). The core teams will help Oregon Shores organize a broader constituency for adaptive planning, assist in reviewing educational materials and collaborate with Oregon Shores staff and board members in developing adaptive plans.

While the core teams have already begun meeting, more volunteers are welcome and needed. In addition to the core teams, interested county residents are sought for a larger network we are organizing, which ideally will include all citizens concerned about climate change and willing to be part of the search for constructive responses. Regular updates on the project will be found on the “Climate Action” page of our website, Contact Paris Edwards at (541) 414-9371,

We have been meeting with city and county officials to brief them on the project. This first pilot project year is exploratory, not adversarial. One goal of the project is to develop collaborative relationships with local government. By the end of this first year, sample plans will have been drafted. These won’t be definitive. Rather, they will be the starting point for the next round of activity in following years, as the core teams lead a community discussion based on specific planning choices. Eventually, a final proposal will be honed and offered to local government decision-makers. At that point, if the project succeeds, a broad grassroots network of well-informed citizens will be in place to push for far-sighted steps to plan for adaptation to climate change effects.

If all goes well, even as Lincoln County’s citizen planners refine a proposal and build grassroots support, the project will begin the process anew in other coastal counties.

Climate change will re-shape the Oregon coast—and for that matter the planet. Even if we were to stop using fossil fuels and adding greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere tomorrow, significant changes are already on their way. With the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project, Oregon Shores hopes to begin developing a broad constituency for intelligent, creative responses to this vast challenge.

Phillip Johnson, Executive Director
Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition
(503) 754-9303

While the courts scrutinize Bank of America’s foreclosure procedures in Oregon, legal officials on the other side of the Columbia file legal action against Bank of America’s foreclosures in Washington.

With more accusations of “Robo-signing” foreclosure documents, the Bank of America has come under legal fire again, this time in Washington State, where the attorney general contends not all is on the “up and up” with the bank, its foreclosure subsidiary and those who struggle to save their homes while trying to re-negotiate their mortgages. The story’s in the Oregonian. Click here.

A locally produced “report card” on the status of Oregon Coast fisheries

Oregon’s Ocean Fisheries – A Conservation Story from Lincoln County on Vimeo.

Provided by Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA)

The commercial and recreational fisheries are an important part of the Oregon coast’s economy and culture. Each year, OCZMA documents the economic contribution of the fisheries in a partnership with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

OCZMA works closely with different sectors of Oregon’s fishing industry on a range of issues: hatcheries, the groundfish fleet buy-back program, Seafood Oregon/Brand Oregon marketing, and ocean resources management policies that directly affect Oregon’s fishing industry.

State legislators and members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation, along with their staffs, rely heavily on research and data OCZMA provides. “OCZMA doesn’t favor one sector of the fisheries over another” says OCZMA Director Onno Husing. “For the good of coastal communities, we want everyone involved in the seafood industry to thrive.”

Narrated by Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, OCZMA’s video documentary, “Oregon’s Ocean Fisheries – A Conservation Story,” is an educational video about the historic transition to sustainability in our commercial and recreational ocean fisheries. It was produced and directed by Onno Husing, Director of the OCZMA in collaborative partnership with Pacific Media Productions based in Newport.

For more information, go online at

This online video was prepared and uploaded by Lincoln County Public Information Officer, Casey Miller.

A “Man About Town,” a City Councilor-Poet and an Arts Promoter recite life-reflective poetry for fun and adventure!

Cafe Mundo, Newport’s Place for Poetry
SW Coast at SW 2nd.

Oregon Coast poets, John Baker, Lon Brusselback and Catherine Rickbone will feature their powers of wit, rhyme and insight during what they are calling a “Poetry Party,” Tuesday, August 16th, at Café Mundo in Nye Beach. Mayor Mark McConnell will serve as emcee for the evening.

Baker’s “Popcorn Palace,” Brusselback’s new book of poetry “Red Shirts,” and, Rickbone’s new chapbook, “Labyrinth Dance” will spark engaging discussions about personal relationships, life’s lessons and growing old wisely. The poets will animate their poetic prowess in a sort of “poetry dance” as they compare each others’ life observations, moods and musings, offering the audience full measure of their meaning along with subtle (or not so subtle) intellectual and emotional breakthroughs. This sure-to-be fun poetic performance commences promptly at 7pm.

The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome. Works by John Baker, Lon Bursselback and Catherine Rickbone will be available for sale.