Rep. Cowan Calls It Quits

State Rep. Jean Cowan has 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.  Rep. Cowan was the primary opponent to legislation this past session that would have prevented the City of Lincoln City from withholding water service to force residents into providing consent to annex, a practice they have accused of in Roads End.  Rep. Cowan sent an email announcement of her decision to supporters on Sept 13th; the text of that email is below.

It is time to share my plans with those of you who have become regular correspondents with me during my tenure as State Representative. To those of you who have also supported (both financially and emotionally) my efforts to gain and retain this position, I want you to know how much I have appreciated that support – and I want to assure you that I will do my best to see to it that HD 10 will be well-represented in the years to come.

Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election for the 2013 term as the State Representative for the newly realigned House District 10. I will, however, continue to serve in my position until I complete my third two-year term in December, 2012.

Prior to my election to the State Legislature, I served as a Lincoln County Commissioner for three terms. And, before Pat and I moved to Lincoln County in 1987, I served as a city councilor and mayor of Elgin, Oregon. After more than 20 years in elected offices, it is now time for me to step aside. Continue reading

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21st Annual Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon is Sept. 11

From Oregon Coast Today

There are still spaces left in the 21st annual Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Regatta Park on Devils Lake.

The event begins with a .75K lake swim, followed by a 15.5K bike ride around Devils Lake, and finishes with a 5K out-and-back run. Individuals and two-person or three-person teams are invited to participate.

“This race is short enough for beginners, and at the same time challenging for the more seasoned triathlete,” Gail Kimberling, community center director, said.

Kimberling added Regatta Park is a wonderful venue for the race. “Devils Lake is ideal for the swim, and while the bike leg is a little shorter than other sprint events the topography and the course itself makes it challenging. The run is also tricky, with its numerous short hills,” she said.

Wet suits are recommended for the swim, and bicycle helmets are required. Volunteers are located at the park and throughout the different courses to provide directions and aid participants.

Regatta Grounds is the perfect venue for spectators, as well. The start and finish, and both transitions (swim-to-bike and bike-to-run), are located in the parking area near the boat ramp. Eclectic Edge LLC of Eugene is providing announcing and timing services.

All athletes will receive a long-sleeved technical T-shirt, swim cap, refreshments, and a great race. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners and the top three finishers in each age group.

Until Sept. 10, fees are $40 for individuals, $55 for two-person teams, and $65 for three-person teams. Day of race fees are $45 (individuals), $60 (two-person teams) and $75 (three-person teams).

For information or registration call 541-994-2131 or see

Triathlon Quick Facts

8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11

Regatta Grounds Park on Devils Lake [Map it!]

.75K swim, 15.5K bike, 5K run

Fees: (until Sept. 10): $40/$55/$65; (day of race): $45/$60/$75

Information/registration call 541-994-2131 or see

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Lake Landscaping Class

 On Saturday, September 17, the Devils Lake Water Improvement District will be hosting a discussion on landscaping (or lakescaping) practices that you can do that will improve Devils Lake water quality.

RSVP is not necessary but encouraged. 541-994-5330.

A Native Planting Guide is also available for Devils Lake. The guide is available for free download on the DLWID website. Materials are free to use for everyone, including landscapers, nurseries, homeowners, and watershed councils. Follow this link for a free download.

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September DLWID Board Meeting Report

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District held its September board meeting in the District offices on Thursday, September 1st, 2011.  Seven interested parties attended the meeting. We were able to attend the meeting but obligations prevented attendance to the meetings completion; this report is a combination of observation and the manager’s report.

Public Comment: There were no public comments.

Vegetation Management:  There was a brief discussion on the details of the draft RFP for the outside consultant on the grass carp project.

Devils Lake Revival: The Devils Lake Revival occurred at Regatta Park on August 27th.  Details of the event were discussed.  During the event, DLWID staff was very visible, food, music, a regatta, boat trips on the lake, were all part of the event.  The drawing for the Kayak and other prizes captured a large number of emails to expand the Districts communication reach.  The Board was generally pleased with the results and decided to attempt the festival in 2012. Continue reading

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Golf Course Closer to Using Lake Water

The Lincoln City Council took another step toward the eventual use of water from Devils Lake for watering the Golf Course when they approved an agreement contemplated in May 2010 between the City and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.  With the approval in the Aug 22, 2011 meeting the parties entered into an agreement for the City to lease part of its senior water rights on Rock Creek for use on the golf course. For more information on the transaction see City and Siletz Tribe Answer Citizens Questions.

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Devils Lake Revival

Carp diem!

This is a terrific article on the Devils Lake Revival and the history that it is trying to recreate. Visit our photo gallery on the Devils Lake Revival for photos of the event.

Devils Lake seizes on its history
By Niki Price • Oregon Coast TODAY

One might be surprised to see the word “devil” and “revival” on the same poster. The fellow with the horns and the tail isn’t usually invited to the old-time church meetings beneath the big tent. But these posters are referring a different kind of devil: the monsters that, according to Native American legend, once lived in Lincoln City’s freshwater lake. The Devils Lake Revival, then, is the resurrection of the annual summer party that was once held on its shores.

That community celebration, a day full of aquatic fun for the whole family, will be held this Saturday, Aug. 27, at Regatta Grounds Park. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., lake lovers can ride sailboats, take pontoon boat tours, learn to kayak and stand-up paddleboard, and listen to music by the Schooner Creek String Band. Those who add their addresses to the Devils Lake Water Improvement District’s e-mail list will be eligible for a raft of prizes including hotel stays, restaurant meals and even your very own, fully-equipped kayak. A dozen local agencies will be staffing booths, offering information on conservation activities throughout the region.

All the activities at the Devils Lake Revival will be free, except for the food. The Business for Excellence in Youth committee will be there, selling snacks and lunches to benefit the Backpack Program. Prize sponsors include the ‘D’ Sands Condominium Motel, the Historic Anchor Inn and Mo’ Continue reading

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Board Meets September 1st, 2011 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held in its offices above Radio Shack Thursday September 1st at 6:00pm.   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.  The District has taken some extra samples for Ecoli along the Thompson Creek canal this past month; results will be discussed.  The Devils Lake Revival occurred at Regatta Park on August 27th a report of this activity is anticipated.  Several other topics will be discussed, please follow the links below to access the latest agenda, staff reports and meeting minutes:


Staff Reports


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