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

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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

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The Manzanita Farmers Market is planning for a “Local Farm Drive Thru” for Saturday, May 9. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market will offer online pre-order sales only, food and farm items only, drive-through only for pickup orders, and serving residents only. Read more

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As the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic is still currently unfolding and the future of limitations is unknown at this time, Garibaldi’s Tourism Commission was faced with the difficult decision of cancelling the Garibaldi Days festival scheduled for July 24-26. They have released th… Read more

Given the recent plant closures across the U.S. and some in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) want to assure Oregonians there is no evidence that human or animal food or food packaging is associated with the transmission of COVID-19. Foo… Read more

During the week of April 19-25, the Oregon Employment Department received 28,500 initial claims for unemployment benefits. Since public health and safety measures began the week starting March 15, Oregon has received more than 362,000 initial claims for unemployment insurance. Read more

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

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Preppers, unite! Check out the MIT Technology Review article posted April 15, 2020, entitled “They Were Waiting for the Big One; Then Coronavirus Arrived.” Yes, it’s about Oregon’s north coast preparing for our eventual earthquake and tsunami and how that ultimately gave us a leg up on COVID… Read more

The Nehalem Bay Artists Coalition have launched a new creative collaboration called #SpreadLove, concepted and designed by Mike Arseneault to celebrate the power of nature, art, and community, to help heal during these strange and uncertain COVID-19 times. Read more