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In my last column I promised more information on bringing toads and snakes into the garden to deal with unwanted insects. But since that column was necessarily postponed to make room for fire news, I thought I would reschedule the toad/snake column in favor on one that addresses making our g… Read more

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We had an unusual visitor to our garden last week. A very unique moth landed on our garage door and with a little bit of research we determined it to be a rusty tussock moth (Orgyia antiqua). It had a lighter colored strip across the folded wings and two white spots that looked like eyes. Th… Read more

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Earlier this year – and in the midst of stay-at-home orders – we were in the garden to the south of the house, cutting back all sorts of brush. Mostly blackberries and salal, but there were also bindweeds, chocolate vine that had gotten out of hand, and a few unidentifiable shrubby plants. I… Read more

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Greenhouses. I think there must be a shape and size for every gardener and every garden. As I page through my latest English Garden magazine, I can only long for one of the lovely English-type conservatories so often seen in British gardens. Ah, but those are more for looks that for working. Read more

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A few days ago, a friend texted me a gardening question. We still aren’t comfortable with meeting face-to-face yet, so texting seems to be the easiest way to communicate. Anyway, she has a spot in her Netarts yard that looks onto a neighbor’s yard and while most of it is planted as a privacy… Read more

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State leaders are preparing to take a closer look at how to deal with a projected multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. Read more

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Despite what my family and friends will tell you, I do not know everything about gardening. In fact, there are tons and tons of gardening topics and plants I am unfamiliar with.  But I generally can find answers to questions or problems that come my way. For example, several weeks ago, durin… Read more

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A friend passed along a little book of gardening stories to me a few days ago and I started reading about a man who was getting frustrated because his azaleas had stopped growing. He had purchased about 15 of them, hoping for a nice big border of white in the spring. Read more

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In these strange times, I have to admit I have been relishing the opportunity to stay home and work in the garden. I am like most dedicated gardeners: no boredom for us when we have weeds to pluck and flowers or vegetables to tend. No matter how much time I spend in the garden, it never seem… Read more

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Public health measures implemented in March to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19 are having an unprecedented economic impact on Oregon and the United States. April provides the first full month of data measuring the initial impact on businesses and the unemployed. Read more

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Owners of Anchorage Motel and Pacific City Inn have filed a lawsuit against Tillamook County based on what they claim in the suit is a violation of civil rights due to being shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Oregon’s financial institutions have helped nearly 55,000 Oregon businesses obtain more than $7 billion in loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program. The loans – which will be forgivable for the majority of recipients – are designed to help businesses … Read more

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, food insecurity in Oregon and its rural communities is at an all-time high. Tillamook-based nonprofit Food Roots is partnering with Oregon Food Bank, Tillamook County Services (OFB-TCS) to utilize its FarmTable storefront as a food hub aggregator… Read more

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During the week of May 3 to May 9, the Oregon Employment Department received 14,100 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received 396,000 initial claims since COVID-19 business closures began in mid-March. Read more

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The Tillamook County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday, May 13, to begin reopening privately owned transient and short-term lodging on Friday, May 29, in cooperation with several of the cities in the county. The reopening provides a framework for opening lodging gradually… Read more

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During the week of May 3 to May 9, the Oregon Employment Department received 14,100 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received 396,000 initial claims since COVID-19 business closures began in mid-March. Read more

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The Tillamook County Fair has been a shining star on the Northern Coast since its inception in 1891. For years, people have gathered in Tillamook in August to share agricultural knowledge, connect with neighbors and create lasting memories that span generations. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday, May 14, the counties that can begin entering Phase I of reopening on Friday, May 15, under her framework for building a safe and strong Oregon. Qualifying counties demonstrated that they met all of Oregon’s safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopeni… Read more

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Museums, galleries, performance spaces and other arts/culture institutions in Tillamook County have seen a range of impacts from COVID-19 shutdowns that went into effect in mid-March. While some have been able to cushion initial declines in revenues, others are seeing financial setbacks that… Read more

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Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced that over $9 million in federal funding is being made available to 30 hospitals, health facilities and county governments throughout Oregon to expand coronavirus testing capacity. Read more

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In Tillamook County Leadership Teleconferences held Friday, May 8, and Monday, May 11, the team discussed Gov. Kate Brown’s new guidance for counties and businesses on the phased reopening process and the county’s recently submitted application to the Governor’s office for reopening. Read more

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During the week of April 26 to May 2, the Oregon Employment Department received 19,600 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received more than 381,800 initial claims since the COVID-10 businesses closure began in mid-March. Read more

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Much to everyone’s disappointment, the Tillamook County Master Gardener Plant Sale set for May 2, 2020 has been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus. Plants being nursed by MG members will stay in their care until next year. Also, sadly to say, the 2020 “Spade and Wade” Garden Tour ha… Read more

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There have been five boating fatalities on Oregon’s waterways during COVID-19 this spring, all having two things in common: not wearing life jackets and cold water. The Oregon Marine Board is urging boaters headed to the water during the first warm weekend of the year – especially people in … Read more

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Adults in Custody (AIC) at South Fork Forest Camp are doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by sewing masks for wildland firefighters. With fire-prone conditions setting in across much of the state, South Fork is already distributing masks and anticipates making about 500 per week. Read more

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New numbers released by Dean Runyan Associates show that 2019 was Oregon’s tenth consecutive year of growth in travel spending and visitation. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the travel and tourism industry to a screeching halt, these numbers indicate that travel and tourism will … Read more

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Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday, May 7, new details of her framework for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon, including new guidance for counties and businesses on the phased reopening process. The guidance is the product of a robust engagement process with stakeholders, doctors, heal… Read more

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May is Mental Health Awareness month, which is very timely considering the added stress, anxiety and uncertainty caused by COVID-19. Generally speaking, stress isn’t all bad. It drives us to perform well in certain situations such as meeting deadlines and delivering public speeches. The chal… Read more

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Jails across Oregon have drastically reduced their populations, according to a survey conducted by Disability Rights Oregon. On average, jails have nearly 50 percent fewer people in custody as compared to their pre-pandemic population. Read more