Virtual Fireworks Fundraiser

 

We recently announced the Seventh Annual Devils Lake Neighborhood Association Fireworks display scheduled Saturday July 3rd.  In the past we would invite you to join us on the fireworks barge each Memorial Day holiday weekend. This year with the pandemic still hanging around we will not be holding an in person fundraising event. We still have a long way to go to fund this year’s display and to that end we are holding a "Virtual Fireworks Fundraiser".  What does that really mean?  It means that you can make your donation virtually anytime by donating online by following this link.  

Check with your tax advisor because the IRS enacted several rule changes to the tax code as part of the 2020 CARES Act creating new incentives for charitable giving. In 2020, the CARES Act allowed for an additional, “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300. This provision is extended and expanded into 2021 for taxpayers. In 2021, married filing joint filers are now able to claim up to $600 in benefit; all other filings status remain the same at up to $300.   Put another way, these changes let you make your donation to the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association Fireworks Fund and it can reduce your taxable income and tax bill. Let Uncle Sam help pay for the fireworks this year by following this link to our donations page.

We have a great weekend planned by hosting on Saturday July 3rd Lincoln City's only fireworks display.  We'll follow that with another great boat parade on Sunday July 4th that the whole family can enjoy.  Thank you in advance for your generous donation.


DLWID Purchases Blue Heron Landing

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) is proud to announce the purchase of Blue Heron Landing. The property and building, which is located at 4006 NE West Devils Lake Road in Lincoln City, is the former location of Blue Heron Landing Marina. Starting this summer DLWID will have, for the first time, permanent lakefront access to Devils Lake.

“This is the single most important transaction that the District has made since its inception,” says Board President Tina French. “Not only do we have our own lake access for the first time, but we also have a building where we can store our equipment and our customers can interact with staff. There is so much potential for this building to be an asset for DLWID and the community.”

At the April 2021 DLWID Board Meeting, the Board directed staff to execute a contract between the District and the owner of Blue Heron Landing for the purchase of the property. The District will agree to pay for the property, in monthly installments, over the course of several years.

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Wildfire Readiness Presentation

The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Public Health are partnering together to prepare community members, business owners, and visitors on our local wildfire threat conditions, public safety evacuation response procedures, and efforts individuals can take to be ready for wildfire season. These informative wildfire readiness presentations have new importance since the Echo Mountain Fire last September.

During the months of May and June, due to continued physical distancing, the Defense Board's outreach campaign has been offered in a virtual format.  They have expanded their 2-hour Lincoln County Wildfire Readiness presentation into six modules and added an additional session for each Fire District/Department of Lincoln County.  These sessions, split up into modules can give more flexibility to interested parties to pick and choose those sessions of most interest to them.  One benefit of this virtual format is that all of the session are made available online to stream anytime from their date of presentation forward.

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Unusual Times Part Two

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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.

It was a year ago that we drafted part one of this unusual times post thanking those front line workers who were so bravely keeping us safe.  This year many of us have received one of the Covid-19 vaccines and come May 1st the vaccine will become available to all Oregonians.  It is with this good news that we are hopeful that we are nearing a return to a normal summer season on Devils Lake.  We are looking forward to seeing you all on the lake!

Need more information? 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.

 

 


Firework Display on July 3rd

As with all things this past year the global pandemic has left its mark on the Fourth of July holiday. The City has cancelled it's fireworks show this year. However, given the ability to social distance in boats as well as viewing from shoreline homes the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association board has decided to proceed with our annual fireworks display on Devils Lake.

This is the time of year we ask for donations to find our show.  This year we need to raise $16,000, follow this donation link or the button in the sidebar to contribute. It's never too early to help us meet our goal.

If you're thinking about spending money on a personal fireworks display consider donating to our professionally produced display instead. Recently Police Chief Jerry Palmer addressed the Lincoln City City Council to determine what direction the council would like the department to go in regarding fireworks enforcement. Several options were discussed with the goal of dramatically reducing the use of illegal fireworks.  With this in mind you may find the safe and sane way to enjoy the Independence Day holiday is to enjoy the best fireworks show in town on Devils Lake.  

 

Mark your calendar.

Fireworks Display
Date: Saturday July 3rd
Time: 9:30 PM (or Dusk)


Boat Parade Returns

Everything is set for another great holiday weekend.  We will complete the holiday weekend with our seventh annual boat parade.  Safety is the name of the game so please take a look at our boat parade safety plan and our fireworks safety plan to ensure your day is as safe as it is fun.  Here's the details.

Boat Parade
Date: Sunday July 4th
Time: 4:00 PM


Call For Help For Fire Victims

Time and time again we've seen wildfires devastate entire communities .  This year, the Echo Mountain Fire Complex has impacted families in Otis, Lincoln City, Neotsu, and Rose Lodge. The worst of this is in Otis with Panther Creek, Echo Mountain, and portions of the North Bank virtually leveled. These are neighborhoods of full time residents who live and work in our local area.

If you have a home in our neighborhood whether it be a full-time, or vacation, chances are you know someone who lives in these affected areas.  If you shop in a local supermarket, order food from a restaurant, operate a vacation rental, enjoy heat, power, internet, water, garbage service or hire a local contractor; chances are you know someone who lives in these affected areas.  These are the people that help us every day, and make Lincoln City such a great place to live, work and play. These are the people who desperately need our help to make it through a very tough time.

The Lincoln City: Fires of 2020 Facebook Group has created a list of victims of the Echo Mountain Fire and links to various fundraising efforts for individuals and families. Please click on the button below to review the list.  If you recognized a name follow the hyperlink to their individual fundraising page and make a donation.  Most common methods being employed are GoFundMe, Facebook Fundraising, and Venmo.  If you don’t recognize a name pick someone or pick a few and give them a hand. Please share the link on your Facebook or other social media of your choice. The list is dynamic, members of the FB Group are adding to the list all the time. 

 

Thank you in advance for your support in this effort. 


Echo Mountain Fire Complex Update

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What a wild few days it has been.  The entirety of our neighborhood was put under some sort of evacuation order.  Portions of the West side of the lake were put at Level 2 and the balance of us were given the “Go Now” order.  Currently all of the East side and Neotsu remain under a Level 2 designation.  

It remains to be verified but it appears that no homes were lost due to fire in the Devils Lake neighborhood.  The fire made it to the shores of Devils Lake in Horseshoe Bay, burning a vacant lot but sparing the houses on either side.  Embers spark a couple of fires at the East end of Neotsu Dr torching an arborvitae hedge as well as one tree which fell into the road rather than the nearby house.

Sadly, the fire’s western boundary pushed its way right to the edge of the neighborhood near NE 50th and East Devils Lake Drive (EDLD). The homes on NE 50th and NE Highland Rd have substantial damage or are a complete loss.  The carnage you see now on EDLD pales by what you will find just up the hill. 

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Please Don’t Cut The Eelgrass

Last fall we introduced you to Eelgrass an aquatic plant known otherwise as Vallisneria americana. The annual growth on this plant becomes visible beginning late June to early July. By late July elgrass clumps are at times in conflict with our use of the lake.  Understandably people are looking online for solutions and have been trying various options around the lake.

One of these options could harm the lake more than it helps. Harvesting eelgrass which includes mowing, raking or uprooting, the plant will propagate eelgrass over a much greater area, and in a greatly reduced time-frame.  Harvesting eelgrass and letting some or worse yet all of the plant material cut or uprooted to escape accelerates eelgrass’ primary method of propagation. During the summer months these bits of eelgrass make landfall along the Eastern shore where they take root and begin to grow.  Come fall the winds will shift steering the grass right back toward the Western shore.  Get my drift?  For this reason,

We would ask homeowners to refrain from attempting to harvest the eelgrass by cutting, raking, or uprooting, until better options can be identified.

I apologize that this article falls short in providing any alternative to harvesting.  We felt it important to get this request out during the summer season.  We will try to provide more information in future articles related to eelgrass.  It’s important to remember that eelgrass will be a part of a healthy Devils Lake, its seeds, roots and leaves are consumed by ducks and other waterfowl; while its dense underwater structures provide an excellent habitat for invertebrates and fish.  With proper management we will have a more properly balanced lake ecosystem and a healthier lake for all.


Want to Help Your Devils Lake Neighborhood?

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association has expanded its board to seven.  Therefore, we're looking for three talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our activities which benefit Devils Lake and our community. If you can contribute some of your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership one evening a quarter, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, call Mitchell Moore at 503 381-4818 to find out whether this volunteer opportunity is right for you.

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association serves as a voice for the community, surrounding Devils Lake. The non-profit DLNA is open to all residents and businesses within its boundaries which are generally defined as all properties bounded by East and West Devils Lake Roads and Highway 101 on each end.  (See Area Map). In order to be eligible to serve on the DLNA board you must be a resident or a person who owns residential property within the DLNA boundary; or be a designated representative of a business located within the area.



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