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Announcing DLNA Annual Meeting

Annual-Meeting-2015

The second Annual Meeting of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) will be held at 10:00AM, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Community Room at the Driftwood Public Library located at 801 U.S. 101 #201, Lincoln City, OR 97367. Come join us and your neighbors for the following purposes:

  1. A presentation on the activities of the DLNA.
  2. Explanation of DLNA vs. DLWID Lawsuit
  3. Description of the Gala July 3rd Boat Parade and Fireworks Display
  4. Election of Board Position One
  5. Discuss Expansion of DLNA Board to Seven
  6. Open forum to allow neighbors to set the agenda for the DLNA.
  7. Draft a list of goals for the year ahead.

Please mark your calendar and attend this important meeting. It is a great chance to meet your neighbors and shape the neighborhood’s future. Check our website at dlakeoregon.com for more details.

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DLWID Candidates Announce

The Race for DLWID Board Begins

There are three positions up for election on May 19.  DLWID Board positions 1,2, and 3 are available.  As of this writing three candidates are hoping to change the current board with Bill Sexton, Tina French and Kent Norris who recently was appointed. Several of the candidates provided us an introduction to their campaign, we still await a response from others. So we have provided what we could while we wait for a response from each candidate.

Bill Sexton

donate-2Bill Sexton has been working on Devils Lake since 1985.   That’s 35 years of navigating and coming to know this lake since the days when it was choked with weeds. With his work experience he knows and has worked with all the agencies involved with its management, from federal level on down; all of their requirements and permitting processes. Bill has also been a volunteer firefighter for Lincoln City for the past 18 years,  3 years serving as Association president. Bill states that his primary goal in becoming a candidate for a board position on the DLWID is to see that the mission statement written in its by-laws is fulfilled as originally intended.
Kent Norris

Kent-Donate-2Kent is a recently retired science educator that understands the science of the lake and how to apply this to the analysis and decision making of the Board.  He has the collaborative experience to engage residents, regulatory agencies, and the business community to achieve a balanced set of goals for Devils Lake.  Kent recently brought state and federal regulatory agencies together, in a joint effort with his neighbor, on their lakefront properties to reach agreement on their waterfront restoration, protection, and enhancement project prior to the permitting process. Kent feel that the DLWID Board should be a resource for its users and residents.

 Tina French

Tint-DonateTina was born and raised in Lincoln City.  Devils Lake was her playground every summer.  She had every birthday party at Sand Point Park until she was 14 years old.  After college she moved back to Lincoln City.  She and husband Lonnie now have two children who love the lake as much as she did as a child. Tina assumed leadership as president of North Lincoln Sanitary Service in 1991 and looks forward to applying her experience in environmental management  through her service on the Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board.  Tina feels that taking care of our lake is a natural extension of good ecological stewardship of our community.

Randy Weldon Currently serves on the Devils Lake Water Improvement District board. Current proposals include lifejacket station, and removal of the D-River dam.

Susan Russo campaign-statement-photo-susan-russo-(1)Susan has lived in Lincoln City since 1996 with her husband Rob Russo and daughter Savannah. They have enjoyed many of the water activities that D-Lake has to offer, such as jet skiing, wake boarding, tubing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Susan has worked as a Salem Hospital nurse for the past 20yrs and has a Bachelors of Science in both Microbiology and Nursing. Her initiative to run for the DLWID Board stems from her desire to maintain and improve the quality of Devils Lake for all community members, wildlife and the environment. She feels that she will bring a nice balance to the Board, as a non-lakefront property owner that has a strong science background. She is known as someone who is not set in her ways, a problem solver, finds creative ways to get things done, thinks outside the box and is willing to listen to and consider all options and opinions. She looks forward to focusing her time and energy on the DLWID Board and the community needs. Her goal is to honor the mission statements of the DLWID.

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DLNA and the SOS Program

In the May 2014 DLWID Board meeting the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association presented some suggestions that we felt would be beneficial for the lake and the community.  In our document “A Path Forward” for Devils Lake we outlined how with the support of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association the District could make significant progress toward  several key elements contained in the Devils Lake Plan.  Among them the Save Our Shoreline (SOS) program was given as an example of  how the DLNA could help the District achieve their goals.

The Neighborhood Association has publicly stated that they have a list of several homeowners who wish to make shoreline improvements to their property.  On December 12th, we toured five properties where SOS projects are being considered.  The District delivered  a dozen plants from their stocks to encourage the projects.

We need your help, in order to add another five projects, for a total of ten, to the list being considered for planting this spring.  Please contact us a dlakeoregon@gmail.com to let us know of your interest.  We would like make the planting of these projects a springtime neighbor to neighbor event.  It would be great fun to work together to improve our lake.

As a reminder here is how the DLWID describes the SOS Program.

Save our Shorelines is; A project to assist landowners in increasing the native vegetation on their shoreline as well as other Best Management Practices for living on the water. The goal of this project is to encourage homeowners to plant native vegetation in place of having turf grass and rock walls on their shoreline.  Native shoreline vegetation offers homeowners many benefits, including low maintenance, reduced shoreline erosion, a beautiful natural landscape, and you will save money since native vegetation does not require fertilizer or additional watering.  Restoration projects also benefit the lake by decreasing sediments and other pollutants that enter the lake, including nutrients that promote cyanobacteria.

DLWID is continually looking for homeowners who are interested in doing native shoreline plantings.   The District will provide up to $750 or 75% whichever is less of a project.  For more details on the program follow this link.

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Marine Board Rejects Salmon River Petition

On October 22nd the Oregon Marine Board voted 4 to 1 to denied a petition to prohibit personal watercraft (PWC) operation on the Salmon River in Lincoln County. The Marine Board cited the overwhelming public support for the current rules coupled with the results of their investigation in to the petitions complaints as the reason for the decision to take no future action.

The Oregon State Marine Board received a petition in August to amend the personal watercraft rules, and adopt a local restriction in the Salmon River Estuary to prohibit personal watercraft use. The Marine Board defines personal watercraft as a motorboat less than 16 feet, powered by a water jet pump, generally operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, rather than in sitting inside.

The Marine Board held a hearing in September and listened to the comments of a packed Community Center meeting room with approximately 74 in attendance.  As reported by the Newsguard, “the majority of the crowd strongly opposed the petition while a handful were in favor.”

The comments in support of the petition cited safety concerns because of the small size of the waterway, claims that PWCs violate the existing operating rules (proximity to swimmers and non-motorized), complaints about the loud noise that PWC engines make, and general comments that the noise and speed of PWCs conflict with the purpose of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area.

The comments in opposition to the petition generally citied the lack of a conflict between PWCs and other boats, a desire to keep the waterway open to all boats/users and the contention that PWCs have no more impact on the environment than any other boat. Additionally, opponents to the petition raised concerns that the reasoning behind the petition could lead to a prohibition on all motorboats.

Several PWC operators submitted comments in which they said they used the Knight Park boat ramp and Salmon River only for the purpose of accessing the ocean (less than 1 mile from boat ramp to mouth). The American Watercraft Association commented that the petition unfairly targeted PWCs when some of the arguments of the petition could apply to all motorized watercraft, and that non-motorized watercraft are not required to take safety education courses, whereas PWC operators are required to have a boater education card.

Many of the petitioners’ written complaints describe alleged violations of proximity and speed by PWC boaters. According to the Marine Board incidences of this nature may occur, however law enforcement patrols on the Salmon River have significantly increased in the past two years and this type of activity is not documented by cited violations.

You can read the petition here and review the staff report here.

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Newport Coast Guard Open Until Jan 2016

coast-guard-heloWASHINGTON, D.C. – Following their repeated calls to ensure the safety of residents in coastal areas, Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici announced December 10th that the Congress has passed legislation that will keep the U.S. Coast Guard’s air facility at Newport open through the coming year.

The Oregon lawmakers worked to include language in the Coast Guard reauthorization bill that would keep the Coast Guard’s air stations open through January 1, 2016—including the Newport facility.

In a letter last month, the Oregon lawmakers, along with South Carolina Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C. and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Representatives Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Tom Rice, R-S.C., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., urged the Department of Homeland Security to reverse the Coast Guard’s decision. This letter came on the heels of a letter that Oregon lawmakers sent to the Commandant of the Coast Guard urging him to keep the helicopter in Newport.

While the Coast Guard claims that it would still be able to meet the national standard of a two-hour search-and-rescue response time, local fishermen and Central Coast residents who depend on the rescue helicopters say first-hand experience shows that closure of the base will lengthen response times and threaten the safety of local mariners.

Newport houses National Oceanic and Atmospheric vessels and Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleet, in addition to research vessels from Oregon State University. In response to repeated calls from Oregon lawmakers, the Coast Guard announced it would delay the December 1 closure of the Newport facility. (Source: Senator Jeff Merkley Press Release Dec.10, 2014)

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Hydro’s Come Back To Devils Lake

October 4th and 5th

Members of the Columbia Outboard Racing Association will make another attempt at setting world record times in the 2014 Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos and John Meyers Memorial Quarter Mile, Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th.  The race course is set up in a straight line from East Devils Lake State Park to Sand Point; a total length of one “Kilo” or kilometer (5/8 mile) as well as a second course equal to one quarter mile.  In these events each driver competes against the clock, and gets six runs, three in each direction.  The final speed is the average of two consecutive runs in opposite directions. The driver can take all of his runs at one time or delay the balance after one run waiting for better conditions. The Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos began in the 1950’s and have run annually as an American Power Boat Association sanctioned event. All involved are hoping for better weather for day two.  Please take a look at our photo gallery of previous years events.

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Fireworks Preparation Complete

Neighbors Construct Massive Dock to Launch Display

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association brought its best out to Leisure Bay to construct the launching pad for the  First Annual DLNA fireworks display. This massive dock is 1,200 square feet with a ton of flotation as it will be loaded Saturday morning with 6,000 lbs of explosives! Enjoy the slide show of this grand project and follow this link to the complete photo album.

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The contract is signed and our show will be held on Saturday July 5th beginning at 9:30pm last 20-30 minutes and include some very special displays. Preceding the display the DLNA will be leading a Boat parade beginning in front of Regatta Park at 7pm.  Deck you boat with patriotic fare and gather at Regatta Park and take a lap around the lake to celebrate this great country. After the parade you can select the perfect viewing location as this spectacular show will be launched off a barge centrally located on the lake near Brown Bear Park, and will be clearly visible from D River Wayside, Regatta Park and Sand Point Park.

We have received several donations and wish to thank all who have contributed.  We are still gathering gifts for this spectacular fireworks show and are looking for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. (Gold $1,000, Silver $500, Bronze $250)  Please contact Max Hanson at maxh@siskiyouins.net or 541 994-7771 with your interest in donating at the sponsor level, or follow this donation link or the fireworks button in the sidebar to contribute any other amount for this wonderful show.

Here’s the Important Times to Remember

Boat Parade
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 7:00 PM

Fireworks Display
Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 9:30 PM

 

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