Attend the April DLWID Meeting

Erosion Study Presented April 5, 2012 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District has conducted an erosion study to determine if and how the lake level impacts erosion on properties surrounding Devils Lake. Tetra Tech presented their evaluation of the lake resulting from the fieldwork that occurred last spring at the January DLWID Board meeting.  The agenda for this month’s meeting on Thursday April 5th at 6:00pm, indicates a presentation on the erosion study revisions requested last January will occur.

If you cannot attend this month’s meeting; it will appear on Channel 4 for all Charter customers. You can check the Channel 4 Schedule for airing times. The best way to stay informed is for all lake front homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.

There are several topics of importance to lake residents on this month’s agenda. Please check the links to the District’s documents to review the other topics on the agenda for this month’s meeting.


Staff Reports



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TMDL Report

Lake Resident Shares Observations

Jack Strayer former Board member of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District went to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) organizational meeting in Newport on 3/20/2012 and was good enough to provide us with a brief report.

According to Jack, the meeting was only mildly informative to the uninitiated.  Jack reports that he did met some of the key players and got a sense for what they are up to.  Follows is a brief explanation the important issues that will concern lake residents. Continue reading

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Roads End Lawsuit Threat Gathers Pace


The News Guard

Lincoln City leaders have received another batch of warnings from Roads End residents that shutting off their water supply will lead to a court battle.

Members of the Roads End Water District appeared at Lincoln City Council’s March 12 meeting to deliver 37 new tort claim notices from Roads End property owners, all of whom have threatened to sue the City for damages if the City follows through on a threat to shut off their water.

The notices add to an initial batch of 25 delivered by REWD members in January. Continue reading

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Future Sewer Booster

Program is Flush With Cash

The eventual expansion of the Lincoln City sewer system to the East side of Devils Lake received a boost from an unlikely source recently.  As reported in the March 14th News Guard Bi-Mart corporation has agreed to pay $25,000 toward the City’s efforts to develop a Sewer Master Plan for installing sewers around the lake.

The funding commitment is part of a negotiated settlement between the City and Bi-Mart stemming from the 2009 land purchase required for the construction of the new store located on Oar Ave.  As part of the sale agreement Bi-Mart agreed to construct its new store to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Due apparently to delays in the project the LEED requirement was not incorporated into the project.  Bi-Mart was willing to commit to the cash contribution as well as a commitment to purchase at least 6 percent of their energy needs through the Blue Sky renewable energy program.

Commencement of project to create a Sewer Master Plan for Devils Lake has yet to be announced by the City but the general topic has been on Councils agenda several times in the past few months.

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Mid-Coast Basin Stakeholder Meeting

TMDL Process Continues With Upcoming Meeting

DEQ recently invited 34 stakeholders representing approximately 30 organizations or interests to participate as members of the MidCoast Basin TMDL Local Stakeholder Advisory Committee (LSAC) that will be convened next week. The DEQ received a number of responses and are still waiting to hear from some of the invitees.

The LSAC Kick-off meeting is scheduled for the following date and location:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mariner Room
Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina
Newport, Oregon

You can download a draft agenda and the invitee list are available to download. There is space in the meeting venue to accommodate about 30 people in addition to the invited stakeholders and project team. If you would like to attend, and haven’t already responded, please RVSP to David Waltz the TMDL Basin Coordinator at the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality 541-687-7345

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Three Candidates File for Cowan Seat

Deadline for 2012 Election Passes

Late breaking update to this article candidate Dann Cutter has withdrawn from this contest.

The deadline for filing as a candidate for office in Oregon passed on March 6th, revealing three candidates for House District 10; 1 Democrat and 2 Republicans. 

Earlier this year, State Rep. Jean Cowan had announced she will not seek re-election as the representative for House District 10 but will serve out the remainder of her current term, which expires in January 2013.  Oregon’s primary election will be held May 15, 2012 narrowing the field to two candidates competing in the November 2012 general election.  Here is a thumbnail presented in alphabetical order, of each candidate taken from the paperwork filed with the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division.

Dann Cutter – Republican Party

Mr. Cutter is currently a resident of Waldport, OR.  He is a Network Analyst at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport where he has been employed for 15 years.  Previous positions included an Electronic Technician (Nuclear) in the United States Navy and a Assistant Network Administrator at the University of Oregon.

Mr. Cutter earned a School a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Oregon State University where he also earned a second Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science.  He also did Post Baccalaureate studies in Economics.

Prior governmental experience includes his current position on the Waldport City Council, as well as position on the Executive Board of the Cascade West Council of Governments, the Rural Health Coordinating Council, the Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation, and the Waldport Planning Commission.

See also article in The Yaquina Wavelength and News Lincoln County.  The candidate’s website is

Jerome Donald Grant – Republican Party

Mr. Grant is currently a resident of Siletz, Oregon.  He is the owner/operator of Gracie’s Sea Hag Restaurant & Lounge in Depoe Bay.  Previous positions included a Commercial Diver and Fisherman, and owner/operator of Oregon Coast Computer.

Mr. Grant earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Economics from Western Oregon University.

Prior governmental experience includes Chair of the Oregon Sea Urchin Commodities Commission as well as a position on the Oregon Development Fisheries Board.  Previously ran for Lincoln County Council in 2010.

The candidate’s website is

David Gomberg – Democratic Party

Mr. Gomberg is currently a resident of Otis, Oregon.  He is the owner and President of Gomberg Kite Productions, Int’l Inc and Northwest Winds Kite Stores in Lincoln City.  Previous positions included Executive Director of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Gomberg earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Oregon State University. He earned a Master’s degree in Political Science, Economics & History from Oregon State University. He continued at Willamette University where he earned his MBA.

Prior governmental experience includes Field Director for Congressman Les AuCoin, Legislative Assistant to Barbara Roberts, Administrator of House Education Committee, and Administrative Law Judge for DMV.

See also article in The News Guard, The Yaquina Wavelength and News Lincoln County. The candidate’s website is

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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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