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Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Cleanup Finds Weather Buoy, Whale
|Oddity found in Manzanita last summer
(Oregon Coast) – Neither wind, snow or hail could
keep them all away – but it did keep a sizable amount of volunteers
from heading out to the coast for the 24th Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup.
Normally, about 5,000 volunteers hit the beaches each spring,
said SOLV coordinator Pamela Sery. This time, the count was down to about
3,700 brave and hearty volunteers for Saturday’s event. Lots of
cancellations happened this morning because of icy conditions along Highway
6 and other coastal highways.
The entire Oregon coastline, 362 miles, was cleaned of
debris that had accumulated during the stormy winter months. Volunteers
removed an estimated 111,000 pounds of trash from Oregon's coastline Saturday.
Bundled up in coats and rain gear, volunteers scoured the
beach, cleaning an odd assortment of items, including a bathtub drain,
freezer door, pesticide applicator, plastic children’s toys, buckets,
water tanks, commercial fishing gear, crab pots, lifejackets, and a television.
The cleansing event yielded some spectacular, even crazy
finds. Bouy 6 – one of the important gauges of tsunamis, tidal and
wind conditions - washed ashore at Fort Stevens, and the U.S. Coast Guard
is working to salvage it.
SOLV reported the group Whale Research Excursions found
and a live Humpback whale tangled in fishing line; with great effort the
whale released itself and swam to sea. Carrie Newell, owner of the business,
said she knew nothing about the beached whale but was looking into it.
Along with the odd items, more typical pieces turned up
in volunteers’ SOLV bags, including plastic food bags, rope and
wooden pallets. Volunteers reported finding unusually large amounts of
Styrofoam and thousands of plastic bottles.
The oddities are always the delightful part of the story,
|Wreck of the Peter Iredale: the last missing buoy was found here
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The giant buoy washed up right near the wreck of the Peter
Iredale, said Oregon Parks and Recreation Head Ranger David Woody. “It
had to have just washed in last night,” he said. “I was there
the other day. It wasn’t there then. The Coast Guard contacted me
if they needed any permits to salvage that thing. I said, ‘just
do what you need to do.’ ”
This was the last of the big buoys that was still missing
after getting lost during the December windstorm.
In the Pacific City zone that covers Neskowin to Tierra
Del Mar, someone found a TV, as well as a crab pot from a commercial fisherman
that came complete with serial numbers. Zone captain and park ranger Scott
Duncan said that story had a happy ending: he was able to call the owner
of the crab pots because of the ID numbers, and the fisherman came to
pick them up.
Duncan said there were a lot of wooden pallets, often used
for fires by beachgoers. Plastic water bottles were also in great abundance.
In Manzanita, two large water tanks were the story, said
Nehalem Bay Park Ranger Shelley Parker. “We had lots of large stuff,”
she said. “We had about 20 large tires. I was able to fill up an
entire 20-yard dumpster.”
At Agate Beach, parts of an industrial-sized washing machine
In Seaside, the wacky find was a cluster of burned out
patio furniture. The SOLV contact there didn’t know if it was wooden
or plastic furniture. There were the usual tons of cigarette butts as
Woody, who spent most of the day on the Bayocean Spit,
said he could see the number of volunteers were down. “I think there
were about eight people on that beach, total. I don’t even think
anyone got to the end of the spit.”
In Rockaway Beach, zone captain Dolores Stover noted numbers
were way down. “We had a lot of calls saying they were canceling
because of the icy roads along Highway 6,” Stover said. “116
people showed up.”
Stover said she expected around 300 this time, because
of a few large groups. They wound up canceling at the last minute because
of travel conditions. Normally, her section – which covers Rockaway
– has about 216 participants.
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“Still, we all had a great time,” she said.
“It’s a lot of work to organize this, but it’s still
a lot of fun. We had ice, hail, rain: a little bit of everything. But
they are real troopers, are beach cleaners are.”
|SOLV volunteers scour the beach
Stover said her area found about five tires and some mysterious
pieces of metal.
Parker said periodic snow hit volunteers in her area –
Manzanita. But there was still a good turnout of 240 in the area.
Jack McGowan, SOLV's Executive Director, was pleased with
the outcome on such a dreary day. "Despite the horrendous weather,
volunteers proved once again that they care deeply for the natural beauty
of the great state of Oregon. I am pleased to have been a part of this
remarkable event for the last 18 years as Executive Director of SOLV."
On the central coast, weather wasn’t much of
an issue. Guy DiTorrice was giving a lot of fossil tours on the northern
beaches of Newport. He said there were a couple big squalls, but mostly
nice conditions in the area.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
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At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and
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4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
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