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New DLNA Director Election

The By-Laws of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association provide for the number of board members to be between three and twelve with the initial Board set to five.  During its May Board meeting the board was expanded by two seats.  The board appointed a nominating committee to identify and forward qualified candidates for the new positions.  The committee has forwarded Steve Brown and Tom Rice with a recommendation that they be elected to the Board of Directors.  This addition would provided at least one Director in each quadrant of the neighborhood.  Our By-Laws allow for electronic voting which can commence upon receipt of this email until 9:00am October 18th the day of our next General Membership Meeting.  An email will be forwarded with a direct link to the Ballot.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown and his wife Nancy has been a full time resident of Lincoln City and Devils Lake since 2006, he is the President of Liquor Outlet Lincoln City and Salem, Oregon. Prior work experience include Director for Fred Meyer Stores 26 years, Vice President Hangars Unlimited a developer of general aviation T hangars in Washington State. Steve has served as President of Associated Liquor Stores of Oregon which represents all Liquor Stores in Oregon and still serves as a board member. Steve keeps aware of current issues that affect the people of Lincoln City by following City Council, Planning Commission, DLWID and the DLNA. He was active in this past election of the new Board of DLWID, in an active participant and homeowner in the new Voyager Sewer LID and has supported the fundraising for the fireworks and election committee of Save Devils Lake. Steve and Nancy have four kids and four grand kids.

Tom Rice

Tom Rice has had an active interest in Devils Lake since his family purchased their lakeside cabin in the Neotsu area in 1970.  His parents, Al and Fran Rice, were permanent residents there from 1983 until Al’s death in 2011, at which time Tom and his family inherited their lake house.  Tom and his wife Cheri have a strong interest in the health and future of the lake, and have been active participants of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association, DLWID Board meetings, and Lincoln City events and activities in general.  They feel the DLNA provides a great opportunity to insure the best possible future for Devils Lake. Tom is an automotive dealership operations consultant and he and his wife currently reside in Newberg.


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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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Christie Resigns After 15 Years on School Board

The Sherwood Gazette

The Sherwood School Board was dealing with a fairly routine agenda Feb. 14 when the unexpected happened: The longest-serving board member announced his resignation.

Mark Christie, who was first elected in 1997 and has been re-elected three more times, read a short letter saying he was leaving June 30, one year before his current four-year term is over.

“I want to stay on through this year’s budget process, and I thought this way the board would have time to appoint someone to serve the last year of my term,” Christie said Feb. 20.

He added that he is leaving the school board because he intends to run for a position on another board: Christie and his wife Pat have owned a second home for many years at Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City, and he intends to file for one of two open seats on the five-member Devil’s Lake Water Improvement Board in the 2013 election. Continue reading

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Mark Christie Will Run For DLWID Board

On February 14, 2012 during Sherwood School District’s School Board meeting, Director Mark Christie announced his resignation from the Board of Directors, effective June 30, 2012. The resignation will allow Mr. Christie to continue his commitment to public service and run for a position on the Devils Lake Water Improvement Board, where his family owns property on Sandpoint.

Mark Christie has served as a director on the Sherwood School Board since 1997, and his four children all graduated from Sherwood Schools. In his resignation letter, he notes it has been “an amazing15 years…serving our great Sherwood School District” and praised the other members of the Board for their commitment to providing the best educational experience to each individual student in the District.

“It has been such a pleasure to work with, and learn from, Mark Christie,” said Superintendent  Heather Cordie, “His love of our school district and community, coupled with his years of experience, have been such a wonderful addition to our Board of Directors. He will be missed!” Board Vice Chair Sue Hekker is most impressed with Christie’s commitment to speaking his mind, always with the best interest of the children and the community he serves. “It is certainly hard to sum up the many years of service Mark Christie has given this community. He has answered the call … and left us all better for it,” notes Hekker. Fellow Director Kevin Noreen said he will miss Mark’s “sense of humor, dedication and love for the Sherwood School District.”

Christie’s term set to expire June 30, 2013 allowing him to concentrate on the 2013 election. “It’s time to pass the baton,” Christie said. “I’m leaving it in good hands.”

Look to the Devils Lake Navigator to keep you informed on all the candidates.

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Gomberg Files for House District 10

Small Business Leader Files for Oregon House

Lincoln County small businessman David Gomberg has announced he will be a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives in the 2012 election. Incumbent Representative Jean Cowan will not seek another term representing House District 10.

“For more than 20 years, we’ve lived here on the Coast, built a successful business, created jobs, and worked to make our community better. I’m ready to use my experience and my enthusiasm to help create a better economic future for families up and down Oregon’s coast.”

Gomberg and his wife Susan own Gomberg Kite Productions and Northwest Winds Kite Stores. They manufacture kites and wholesale to stores throughout North America. They have organized performances for Disney, the Superbowl, and motion pictures. In the past three years, they have opened three retail outlets and are now the largest retailer of kites on the West Coast. In 2004, Gomberg Kites was recognized as a statewide finalist for the Austin Excellence in Family Business Award.

“I’m a Democratic businessman with international trade experience. But more important, I’m a small town, family businessman who understands what it takes to survive in a down economy, and put people to work.” Continue reading

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