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Letter to our Neighbors

Recently all property owners within the boundaries of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association received a letter from the Association Board of Directors.  The letter was an introduction to the newly formed association. In the letter we made two requests of our neighbors: attend our upcoming General Meeting, and complete the Membership Declaration  form.  Our goal is to represent your interests therefore we need to hear from you by attending our meetings, or by email or even a good old fashion telephone call.  We are also asking that you complete the Membership Declaration form which will allow us to count you as a member of the Association.  Please complete the form even if you are on our email list, if you put your name on the sign up sheet at one of our meeting or if you otherwise feel you are a member.  Mail, scan and email, hand deliver the completed forms, whatever works or you!

The letter read as follows:

Dear Devils Lake Resident:

I am writing you today as a neighbor who like you have settled around the perimeters of our beautiful Devils Lake.  Our neighborhood is a unique treasure and I wanted to share with you that a group of residents have formed a new Oregon 501(c)3 non-profit corporation to give voice to the residents that live here. The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) was incorporated February 14, 2014 and will serve 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.  There is a map of the DLNA boundary which you can reference located at dlakeoregon.wordpress.com/maps/.

Our next general meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00 PM, at Faith Baptist Church, 5750 N Hwy 101. All homeowners, renters, and businesses in the area are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the DLNA, register for regular updates, establish our agenda for 2015, and get involved.  You are also invited to visit our fund raising garage sale September 27th and 28th from 9am until 2pm located at 2941 NE Loop Drive.  All proceeds will be donated to support the activities of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association.

The initial Board of Directors was established in the non-profits formative meeting including Joe Barnes (President), Nathan Knott (Vice President), Mitchell Moore (Secretary / Treasurer), Tina French (Director) and Mark Christie (Director).  The primary purpose of the DLNA is to promote communication and education within the neighborhood relating to environmental, social and economic issues which may have an impact upon the life and character of the community. The DLNA will assist its members by providing reasoned input to the City Council, County Commission and associated committees, as well as Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID).  With our support residents will take more initiative in preserving the integrity and quality of the neighborhood as the DLNA plans, implements, and maintains projects in the Devils Lake neighborhood.

In our short history we have had some measurable success working on current neighborhood issues.  The Association has spent a considerable amount of time communicating with residents of the neighborhood. As expected there are several key issues important to the neighborhood.  Interest in one issue far surpassed all others, that issue is lake level and the poor condition of the lake over the past two summers. Therefore at the request of its members, the first official action of the DLNA was to ask that the Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board resolve to exercise the maximum impoundment right of 9.53’ beginning April 15th through October 15th.  With the support of our members who attended countless meetings we did receive a small concession from the water district that resulted in higher lake levels and cleaner water during July.  It’s a start and we’ll stay on it because you have told us it’s important to you.  We represent you, our neighbors.

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association bylaws allow for all residents within its boundaries to be members.  The DLNA Board encourages all residents to become active members of the Association, a vital step in keeping our neighborhood strong and viable.  Simply complete the attached membership declaration so we may legitimately represent that you consider yourself affiliated with our organization.  The DLNA does not require its members pay dues but we happily accept donations to support our activities.  You can donate online at dlakeoregon.com or include your gift with a completed membership declaration.

Fortunately we do not intend to focus all of our attention on serious matters; we intend to inject a little fun into the mix as well. The social aspects of the neighborhood will be addressed by organizing block parties, activities, festivals and special events such as this year’s July 5th spectacular including a professionally produced fireworks display and boat parade. “The DLNA will strengthen our community by organizing and engaging residents and businesses to address community wide challenges and be better able to deal with new challenges as they arise” says DLNA President Joe Barnes.

We exist because the residents of the Devils Lake Neighborhood believe that local governments including special districts work best when community members and government work as partners. Effective public involvement is essential to achieve and sustain this partnership and the civic health of our community. This ensures better decisions that more effectively respond to the needs and priorities of the community.  The existence of a Neighborhood Association engages community members and community resources as part of the solution. Neighborhood Association’s are beneficial as they engage the broader diversity of the community, especially people who have not been engaged in the past. In the long term, increased citizen involvement will be beneficial to the decision makers as it increases public understanding of and support for public policies and programs while increasing the legitimacy and accountability of their actions.

 

Mitchell Moore
Secretary/Treasurer
Devils Lake Neighborhood Association
(503) 381-4818
dlakeoregon@gmail.com
dlakeoregon.com

 

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Introducing Our Editorial Page

Since its inception, the Devils Lake Navigator’s primary goal has been to help create an increased sense of community and provide an open forum for discussion on issues related to Devils Lake in Lincoln City, Oregon.  We have gone out of our way to present these issues in a balanced way in the hopes our readers could form their own opinions on important issues related to Devils Lake and the surrounding area. Recent events have compelled us to share our opinion on certain topics so we have added a feature to the Devils Lake Navigator, the Editorial Page.  On occasion, we will post an article stating our opinion and will clearly identify them as such. We have also added a page to the site where you can browse our editorial opinion over time.  We encourage you to share your opinion on the topic by adding comments to the article.  We promise to present all sides; no comment conforming to our rules for posting will be censored.  Hope you enjoy this new side of the Devils Lake Navigator.

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Bill Could Help Roads Enders’ Case

PATRICK ALEXANDER
The News Guard

Some Roads End residents have welcomed a proposed bill that would outlaw the tactics endorsed by Lincoln City Council to gather annexation consents from the area’s property owners.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) would make it illegal for a city or district to require a property owner to consent to annexation in exchange for continuation of an existing service, such as water. Continue reading

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Welcome to the Navigator

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District has determined that they will not pursue placement of SolarBees® on Devils Lake. In honor of that decision, we have chosen to retire the nosolarbees.com site.

Introducing the Devils Lake Navigator, a more comprehensive location for our lakeside community to stay informed. Please bookmark the URL for this new site at www.dlakeoregon.com. We will continue to bring you updates on lake treatment options but it will no longer be the primary focus of our site. We will bring you regular updates on the DLWID meetings as well as City and County activities that may affect lake living. We’ll provide you information on the latest lakeside developments; therefore reports on issues like the Septic Tank Revitalization Program and Save Our Shorelines will be a major component of our efforts to keep you informed.

It is our desire to help foster the renewed sense of community that has surfaced around the lake in recent years. To that end, we have created a new section entitled “Lakeside” where we hope to keep a dialogue going about living on the lake, events, activities, goings on. Please help us with this endeavor by sharing; let us know if you have planned an event, had a particularly great weekend, landed a trick, caught a big fish, or improved your property. After all, we share a common backyard and if we share common experiences life on Devils Lake might be just a little more fun! If you have, any ideas on how to improve this new section send us a note.

Please enjoy the new site and visit often.

Mitchell Moore

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No SolarBees on Twitter

twitter-logoAt nosolarbees.com we embrace the latest trends in communication.  We will be prividing regular updates to our followers by using Twitter located at www.twitter.com.  It is free and easy to sign up for a twitter account and opt to follow nosolarbees.  Then you will receive updates in real time.  You can event receive the update on you cellular phone!

Follow this link to follow nosolarbees on Twitter.com

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow anybody to access them. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. The service is free to use over the Internet, but using SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

Source: Wikipedia

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Show Your Support

It is important to let your voice be heard. If after considering the Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District’s proposed SolarBees® project, you believe in this basic statement…

“I am opposed to the placement SolarBees® on Devil’s Lake.”

Let us list your name on this page, as a nosolarbees.com supporter. In order to have your name added to this list simply send be an email to nosolarbees@gmail.com with your name and a request to post it on the site. You can have your name removed by the same method.

 

Supporters of No SolarBees.com

Mitchell Moore

Dana Moore

Mark Christie

Mark R. Highland

Michelle A. Highland

Gary McGrath

Greg Whitaker

Jerry Bottemiller

D Stanton

Robert Long

Craig Selridge

Ted Methvin

Barbara Kent

Ron Jordan

Don McCowen

Alver McCowen

Larry Brown

Steve Louerby

Jay Schofield

Mike Bevandich

Carol Bevandich

Al Rice

Sean Cooper

Cheryl Cooper

Dani Hammer

Beryl Grabenhorst

Rick Grabenhorst

Glen Fowler

E. Ted Seitz

Suzie Moll

Jessica Taylor

Jim Taylor

Steve Brown

Nancy Brown

Keith M. Miller

James Coday

Rachael Coday

Estelle Lile

Mark Richards

Kerry Richards

Angie McNett

Larry McNett

Allan Baker

Marsha Baker

Lisa O. Voelker

Bill Pigott

Patty Henvy

Joe Henvy

David Donofrio

Jim Donofrio

Mary Joanis

Nancy Earl

Kathy Donofrio

Sally Stack

Craig Stack

Ryan Stack

Jason Stack

Julanne Weller

Lori Weller

Kim Weller-Gordon

Doug Gordon

Brian Weller Gordon

Andrew Weller Gordon

Val Martin

John Martin

John Wells

Dan Davison

Sam Burch

Megan Burch

Donald P Stanton

Daniel Gossack

Susan Detlefsen

Winona Fowler

Joel Plaisance

Keith Fowler

Melissa Plaisance

Jon Stanley

Kim Stanley

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Our Relationship With the SolarBees® Manufacturer and Their Competitors

We have no affiliation with the SolarBees® manufacturer but we will soon contact Joel Bleth President to explain in person what we are about and what we are not about. I also wish the company to have a direct line of communication to nosolarbees.com, because that is what we are all about is open communication. I will extend an invitation to the company to post comments on the blog if they feel it will add to our understanding. We will withhold the right to directly author posts to our site, but will consider any information the company provides as a potential post. The company can use comments on existing posts and their blog at www.solarbeesworkgreat.com to post any new information it feels relevant. We hereby, declare our recognition that of SolarBees® is a registered trademark of SolarBee, Inc of Dickinson, ND and will endeavor to indicate its status in our posts. For the unintentional reference that does not contain the ® mark and for all references in comments or quotation from media sources that are not so mark we apply this blanket reconciliation of SolarBee, Inc’s right to the mark.

We are not associated with nor have we every made contact with a lake contractor involved in the business of chemical application, weed removal, or test and measurement of water quality. Devil’s Lake has no recent history of chemical treatment, therefore this debate should be free from the outside influences that have been suggested in other areas. We are not associated with nor have we every made contact with any limnologist.

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Our Mission

“Provide a forum for Devil’s Lake Stakeholders”

This is a non-commercial single issue blog, whose primary goal is to promote a fair discussion on water quality issues on Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City, Oregon. That said let’s be clear, this blog was created in support of our position, that SolarBees® should not be installed on Devil’s Lake. If your position is counter to ours, that’s ok, we value your input as long as you follow our Rules for Posting and Commenting.

Please do not expect our site to advocate your position. There are four sites available that advocate the placement of SolarBees® on Devil’s Lake, locally there’s www.dlwid.org and www.dlwid.blogspot.com, nationally there’s www.solarbee.com and www.solarbeesworkgreat.com, feel free to pay them a visit. Still feel like your opinion isn’t getting the forum it deserves? I suggest you start your own blog.

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Our Identity

This blog administrator was asked to step forward by several lake residents to create an on-line forum in support of our stated mission. My name is Mitchell Moore, I own two homes on the lake near Sand Point Park, my primary residence is in the Portland area. We live on the lake full-time in the summer and visit generally every other weekend in the winter.

I am President of a Cooperative Telephone Company and if you Google or email me you can learn other interesting facts about me that don’t have anything to do with Devil’s Lake or SolarBees®. Things about me that do relate include, that I am a avid boater, I regularly water ski, wake surf, and tow wake boarders, ski biscuits and an occasional stranded paddle boat. I also routinely swim, sail and watch everybody else do the same from my patio. I have a lovely family that joins me in all of these great activities. Bottom-line in the summer months there is not a day that goes by that our family is not in the water, blue-green algae and all.

To give back to the lake, I have been very supportive of the Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID). I am currently a member of the DLWID’s Budget Committee and I have been the sponsor and host of the DLWID’s website and host the DLWID’s board and staff email service. For the record, I think they are doing a great job, the’re just wrong on this issue.

Now you know my name and a little about me. If you need to reach me please send an email to nosolarbees@gmail.com, there has been a request that I post my phone number, but that is against our rules. No phone numbers will be posted on the blog, but if you need to discuss something  just email me your contact information and I will make every effort to contact you.

Let’s disclose all of my on-line activities related to http://www.nosolarbees.com. I have setup and encourage you to use each of the following:

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Our Editorial Policy

If you have been following the online discussions regarding SolarBees® you would have recently seen a fair amount of traffic about anonymous blogging. Anonymity is imbedded in the internet, it is widespread in social networking and the blogosphere. Personal identification is not a perquisite to participation in our discussions. Anonymity can stimulate participation that may otherwise be stifled. We prefer you identify yourself but feel free to post under a user name if you wish, a valid email address is required for all post. It is our hope to post the names of those who are supportive of our positions on our “About” page. Check the “Sign Up” post to learn how to grant us permission to use your name. We have further defined our policy on the content of posts at Rules for Posting and Commenting.

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