Unusual Times

Usually, this is the time of year that we dust off our keyboard to draft some interesting articles for DLNA members to inform you on what’s happening around the lake and hopefully get you excited about spring and the summer that follows.

These are however unusual times. So, instead let's honor those on the front lines, heroes all, starting with nurses, doctors and healthcare providers around the world who are fighting the spread of covid-19 while putting their own health at risk. Our hearts go out to anyone who's been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery.  At the DLNA we remain committed to our community and support the efforts that our State and local authorities are taking in order to keep us all safe. And of course, we hope you and your family and friends are staying safe and healthy while finding ways to make the most of these unusual times. 

Over the next few months we recommend that you check the Lincoln City Coronavirus information page as well and the Lincoln County Information page for the latest on the local impact of the pandemic.

Stay Home, and Stay Safe




July Celebrations - Postponed

Each year residents of Lincoln City and visitors from around the state come to Devils Lake to enjoy our July fireworks display and boat parade.  The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association has been the proud sponsor of these events for the past six years. Our show has always been coordinated with the City of Lincoln City's show in Taft.  Last week the City cancelled its show on July 4th due to the Coronavirus crisis and this week the DLNA Board announced that it was postponing the 3rd of July Fireworks display and Boat Parade to a future date, likely July 3rd 2021.

“It is with deep regret, we have had to make this decision," said Mark Christie, president of Devils Lake Neighborhood Association, in a statement. "This is one of our favorite community events. We look forward to coming together next year for the Independence Day celebration.”  To that end, we are accepting donations if you wish to contribute in advance to our 2021 event, simply click here to help ensure a fantastic event for next year.

The DLNA Fireworks display is not the only local summer celebration that has been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. The Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival,  and Pixiefest both originally planned for June 27 and 28, were canceled or postponed in April due to the coronavirus.  As Oregon begins to return to normal, we wish you all well and hope you have a wonderful summer on Devils Lake.

 


Aquatic Plants 101

We’ve been hearing from many of our neighbors that they have plants or grass growing in the lake in front of their property where previously there were none.  According to Josh Brainerd, Manager of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District, “the District has received several reports of vegetation repopulating in Devils Lake.”

Vallisneria
The plant most commonly mentioned has been identified as Vallisneria americana, commonly referred to as tapegrass or eelgrass. It is a widely distributed non-invasive water grass not typically known for being problematic. 

Tapegrass is a almost completely underwater perennial herb with long, narrow, green to sometimes reddish, ribbon-like leaves growing from rhizomes. Tapegrass can be distinguished from similar plants by a prominent stripe, called a midrib, running down the center of each leaf. The presence of coiled, corkscrew-like flower stalks can also help identify this plant. Although tapegrass was introduced to the Pacific Northwest for fish and wildlife habitat purposes, it appears to cause none of the problems associated with invasive introduced plants like Eurasian watermilfoil. 

I have experience growing tapegrass in my planted fish tank.  It is a desirable plant for the hobbyist, as it is a fast growing plant that is easily propagated throughout the fish tank.  Great for a fish tank, and something to watch in our lake environment. At my lakefront home tapegrass is now growing in the lake bottom as it did before the introduction of grass carp. The rhizomes have survived in the lake bed all these years having been nibbled to the ground by carp; they are now sprouting and producing foot long foliage. 

 

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Survey Request

Believe it or not we're well on our way in our planning efforts for next year's Independence Week activities.  As our 2020 planning committee begins to formulate, we are asking for your participation by completing a short survey. 

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association is working with Explore Lincoln City (formally the Visitors and Convention Bureau) to determine the impact of the Fourth of July in Lincoln City.  To that end we have created a brief survey to learn more about the DLNA Fireworks Display as well as the Boat Parade on Devils Lake.  Please help us by clicking on the button below and completing our simple (9) question survey.  Please feel free to express any thoughts you may have at the end of the survey.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.


2019 Readiness Fair

From Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Public Health

(We) are pleased to promote and locally support the 2019 National Preparedness Month (NPM) campaign.  This September, National Preparedness Month will focus on planning, with the overarching theme “Prepared, Not Scared.”

During the month of September, we join with our annual sponsors, Northwest Natural and the American Red Cross to host the GET READY LINCOLN COUNTY – Readiness Fair event. Our 2019 fair will have more hands-on demonstrations to help increase community member skills from: how to use a fire extinguisher, shut off your utilities, purify your own water, heat up food under limited conditions, build your own emergency go kit, be financially prepared, etc.

GET READY LINCOLN COUNTY – Readiness Fair

Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lincoln County Commons (Fairgrounds)
633 NE 3rd St., Newport, Oregon, 97365

We have provided a full list of exhibitors and activities planned for the readiness fair to help guide you to the areas you are most interested in on our County Emergency Management Website - https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/readiness-fair-and-national-preparedness-month .

 


Thanks For a Great Show

Our sixth year of hosting a fabulous fireworks display and boat parade on Devils Lake was a terrific success. Thank you all for your support and generous donations. This year was the first time we successfully completed fundraising prior to the event. Thank you, thank you. 

We produced a short video of the days festivities for your enjoyment. Simply click here or on the picture above to view. We're looking forward to our seventh show next year.

Want to get involved?

Through the years, planning our show has been a very informal process. In hopes of growing the event we are forming a new committee to begin planning for next year. We anticipate meeting 3 to 4 times in the next twelve months. If you are interested in becoming part of this team, please send an email to mmoore@dlakeoregon.com.


Reminder: Potluck on the Point

Since it's been two seasons since the last potluck it seemed like a good idea to send you all a little reminder.  The return of Potluck on the Point will be Saturday August 3rd at 6:00pm and be hosted by Mitch and Dana Moore at 2929 NE Loop Drive on Sand Point.

Plan to bring your favorite appetizer, main dish or casserole and join us, with your neighbor and friends for an evening of fun. Be sure to mark your calendar today!


Sitka Spruce Brownout

Large Sitka spruce trees growing in the Devil's Lake watershed have been a dominant feature of our region for decades. Recently, the trees look like they are dying as their green needles have suddenly turned brown.

Up and down the North and Central Coasts, spruce trees are turning brown. A tiny green bug, the Spruce Aphid (Elatobium abietinum Wal) is the likely culprit.

According to the US Forest Service, spruce aphids are small (1/16 of an inch), soft-bodied, mostly wingless insects. They are light green when young and turn an olive-green when mature. Winged adults have two pairs of wings, with the front pair being much larger than the hind pair. Like other aphids the spruce aphid has sucking mouth parts which they use to suck the sap from foliage. They feed gregariously and secrete “honeydew” which attracts ants.

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Bike Path Expansion

The Lincoln City Council recently approved an agreement between ODOT and the City of Lincoln City with an estimated value of $2.6 million. The agreement outlines the creation of a new paved path for bikes and pedestrians along the east side of Highway 101 running from West Devils Lake Road to the Neotsu Post Office.

It has taken five years to fully fund the project primarily from the Oregon Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. It took additional contributions from the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians of $350,000 and $30,000 from a City contingency fund to move the project forward.  

The path will be designed by the City of Lincoln City. The City anticipates that it may take a couple of years to get through the design process, due to the small shoulder that exists along that portion of Hwy 101.


U.S. 101: D River Bridge

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently announced the end of all night work for the season on the deck of the bridge over D River.  Work continues during the day underneath the bridge.

Last year three bridges on U.S. 101 Oregon Coast Highway began construction for  repairs and the installation of cathodic protection. D River and Schooner Creek Bridges are in Lincoln City. Siltcoos River Bridge is near Dune City, just south of Florence. ​​

Construction began in September 2018  on the D River Bridge and was scheduled to last 16 months. Construction hours were to vary based on the activity. Winter -Spring - Fall. Summer construction hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning June 1 - September 1 there will be no work allowed 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  There were to be some exceptions with a few nights of paving, announced in advance.

​These bridges have deteriorated from the salt air on the coast and are in need of repair. If nothing is done, the bridges would eventually have to be replaced. They might also need to be load rated, meaning that large vehicles over a certain weight would not be able to travel over them.

 

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