Wallace Kaufman out mingling with the wildlife….

There’s a whole slough of things going on north of Newport!!

We dance, fly and entertain and Wallace just feeds us peanuts!?

Yeah…we heard Wallace beat the local tax system…so how about a little bit of Chateaubriand or Escargot on the menu?

Yeah! Winter’s comin’ Wallace…we need to fatten up!

Wallace casts his gaze upon the fall colors and muses…”This will likely require a bit of out-of-court mediation.”

Photos by Wallace Kaufman


Siletz Tribe Invites You to 42nd Annual Restoration Pow-Wow

Siletz Tribal Pow Wow
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Siletz Tribe Invites You to 42nd Annual Restoration Pow-Wow

The public is invited to join the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians on Saturday, Nov. 16, as it holds its annual Restoration Pow-Wow at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Ore.

This free event begins with a grand entry at 6 p.m. American Indian vendors with jewelry, beadwork and other items for sale will be available throughout the day.

This is the 42nd year that the Siletz Tribe has celebrated the signing of Public Law 95-195, which re-established government-to-government relations between the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the federal government. The Siletz Tribe was terminated from federal recognition in August 1954.

In the late 1960s, it became apparent that the only way to preserve and revitalize Siletz Tribal sovereignty, community and culture was for the Siletz Tribe to regain its status as a Tribe recognized by the United States.

In November 1977, after years of intense lobbying, Congress and President Jimmy Carter approved Public Law 95-195, which reinstated recognition of the Siletz as a federal Indian Tribe. The Siletz Tribe was the second in the nation – and the first in Oregon – to achieve restoration.

Dedicated to improving the quality of life of its more than 5,400 members, the Tribe puts strong emphasis on the education, health and social well-being of all its members.

Significant Tribal accomplishments since Restoration include opening the original health clinic in 1991 and a new much larger clinic in 2010; building more than 150 homes and multiple dwellings for Tribal members, including 28 units at Neachesna Village in Lincoln City that have opened since 2009, 19 apartments in Siletz that opened in
2010 and 20 homes in the Tillamook subdivision in Siletz that have opened since 2013; completing the Siletz Dance House in 1996; opening the Tenas Illahee Child Care Center in 2003; opening the Tillicum Fitness Center and a new USDA food distribution warehouse in Siletz in 2008; and opening the Siletz Rec Center in 2009.

Through its economic development division, the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation, the Tribe purchased the Lincoln Shores office complex in Lincoln City in 2001 and opened the Siletz Gas & Mini-Mart in Siletz in 2004, the Logan Road RV Park in Lincoln City in 2004 and the Hee Hee Illahee RV Resort in Salem in 2006.

Tribal offices in Portland, Salem and Eugene are housed in Tribally owned buildings. The Eugene office moved to its current location in 2005, the Salem office did the same in 2006 and the Portland office moved to its current location in 2008.

The Tribe also played a lead role in opening Siletz Valley School in 2003 and Siletz Valley Early College Academy in 2006.

The Siletz Tribal Arts & Heritage Society (STAHS) was formed in 2013 as a nonprofit to enhance the Tribe’s ability to develop the Siletz Tribal Cultural Center. STAHS also helps the Tribe with acquiring object and archival collections.

Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City opened in May 1995. In 2004, the Siletz Tribe purchased the former Shilo Inn adjacent to the casino and opened Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Chinook Winds Golf Resort opened in 2005 when the Tribe purchased the former Lakeside Golf and Fitness Center in Lincoln City.

The combination of Tribal employees and those at Chinook Winds Casino Resort has made the Siletz Tribe the largest employer in Lincoln County.

The Siletz Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $17.6 million through the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $6.5 million in cash and fundraising items since 1995. It also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fundraisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for events.

Waldport sunk boat rises again to skim the waves once more…

It takes a village to rescue a boat…

A follow-up courtesy photo from Waldport resident Glen Weaver whose lofty perch atop a bluff means very little escapes his purview. Everybody aboard the sports boat got off okay. No word yet on what prompted the sudden in-rush of water, sinking the craft at dockside.

State regulators bust hemp processing facility operating illegally in southern Oregon

State labor law investigators have slapped a nearly million dollar fine on the owners of a hemp processing operation in southern Oregon.  The $825,000 fine is for housing and employing two dozen workers in what is described as a “death-trap” on a farm in the community of Murphy in Josephine County.

Oregon OSHA said the operation allowed an estimated 25 people to work, live, cook and sleep in a condemned building with obvious structural defects that could have collapsed and severely injured or killed them.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

Boat sinks at Waldport docks – Emergency responders enroute

10:00am  Report of a pleasure boat sinking at the Waldport docks.  Reports from the scene indicate everybody got off the boat and on to the docks okay.  The Coast Guard is being summoned to pull the boat away from the docks and perhaps pull it over to the boat ramp for retrieval.

10:13pm  Coast Guard says since the boat is mostly underwater it’s up to a salvage operation to retrieve it.  The Coast Guard doesn’t do that.

Photos by Glen Weaver: