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Topics of general interest

The DLNA Government Affairs Team

Voter Registration

badge_button_your_vote_counts_400_clr-300x300Voter Registration is one of DLNA’s largest and most important campaigns of the year.  The purpose this campaign is to register as many home owners around the lake as possible so that when we lobby the Devils Lake Water Improvement District our State and Federal legislators we can use those numbers and statistics to make an impact, especially on issues that involve life around the lake.  The DLNA also recognizes the importance of having an active and educated voting body in upcoming local elections to ensure that the best interests of the neighborhood prevail.  We will not formally be involved in elections but feel strongly that all residents both full time and part time should participate. The DLNA Government Affairs Team, along with all interested residents, make efforts to lobby Local representative, as well as State and Federal legislators on issues that affect our neighborhood, especially those that deal with Devils Lake. Continue reading


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Help Protect Your Lake

Break the Pollutant Cycle!

Be Informed Shoppers

• Break the pollutant cycle by starting at the source. Make pollutant reduction a priority when you shop.

• Look for personal care and cleaning products that are fragrance free, biodegradable, and made from natural ingredients.

• Watch out for labels with “caution” “warning” or “danger.”

• Buy only what you need and will use up. Share excess products with friends, neighbors and others.

• Purchasing safer alternatives can reduce the amount of toxics you come into contact with, reduce the demand for chemicals that may harm humans or the environment, and reduces the household hazardous waste you need to dispose of later. Continue reading

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DLWID Election Results

May 17, 2011 Special Election

The following election results are for the May 17 Special Election in Lincoln County, Oregon. These results were posted at approximately 8:00 p.m. on May 17. The elections office states result will be updated throughout the night until all of the votes have been counted.  With 91% of the 10,847 votes counted and 13% of those votes counted in the DLWID we forecast approximately 126 uncounted in District ballots, which should not change the results posted below. (Final Count Update posted 12:57am 5/18/11 with 12,059 or 99.99% counted, are now reflected in the results shown below.)

Devils Lake Water Improvement District, Position 1
Jack Strayer 560
Noel Walker * 847
Devils Lake Water Improvement District, Position 2
Douglas Pirie 579
Randy Weldon * 799
Devils Lake Water Improvement District, Position 3
Joe Barnes 577
Kip Ward * 856

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May 17 Special Election

What follows is an article as it appeared in the Newport News-Times on May 11, 2011 containing interviews with three of the DLWID candidates.  You will find the responses from candidates Joe Banes, Kip Ward and Jack Strayer below. New-Times Editor’s note: The same questions and request for information were emailed to all six candidates. Douglas Pirie, Randy Weldon, and Noel Walker but they did not respond. Continue reading

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Tsunami Warning issued For Oregon Coast

The Oregonian

Damaging waves could hit between 7 a.m. and 7:30, the National Weather Service says. Scientists hadn’t determined yet the size of the wave.

The timing of when the wave may hit ranges from 7:15 a.m. at Charleston to 7:24 a.m. at Seaside.

A tsunami advisory is in effect for the coast of Washington. That is a step below a warning and means spot damage is possible in harbors and estuaries along beaches.

A tsunami warning also is in effect for California north of Point Conception to the Washington border. An advisory is in effect south of Point Conception.

“Stay away from the beach,”  said Bill Steele, a University of Washington seismologist with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. “Be smart about it. The water has a lot of power. Pay attention to your local emergency managers.”

The wave is expected after the  8.9-magnitude earthquake off northeastern Japan.

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Merry Christmas

From all of us at the Devils Lake Navigator

Click image for expanded holiday message.

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So Many Ways To Stay Informed

At we embrace the latest trends in communication in an attempt to keep you posted as timely as possible.  One innovation was put to work at the last DLWID board meeting, we utilized a mobile app to post the April board meeting report.  This meant that at the moment that the chair gaveled the meeting adjourned we had publish our report to you.  That’s up to the minute!

There are several other innovations that we now offer to help you stay in touch.  They are;


We have been providing regular updates to our followers by using Twitter located at  It is free and easy to sign up for a twitter account and it is a worry free way receive updates in real time, that is within minutes of when news breaks.  Follow this link to follow nosolarbees on

RSS Feeds

Do you prefer to use a feed reader, perhaps on your iGoogle page or smart phone?  RSS feeds are another way to be informed immediately the moment a new article posts on the nosolarbees site.  We can provide you with two options the WordPress RSS Feed and an optimized FeedBurner RSS Feed.  Just follow the links to sign up.


Feel more comfortable with email?  That’s OK, we have options for you as well.  Our first option will keep you the most current; you may now sign up to receive each new article by email. Each morning a new article is published you will receive a message. This new service will allow you to keep current with minimum effort! Click to subscribe to No SolarBees by Email

Want your lake news summarized?  We publish a email newsletter that is designed to focus on current issues concerning the lake. Please sign up for our email newsletter. We also maintain a archive of all previous email newsletters which are available online. Click for the Newsletter Archive

DLWID also maintains a email distribution list and we recommend that interested parties sign up for their emails as well.  You can sign up by visiting and following the quick link.

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No Solarbees Goes Mobile 2


We have recently added the capability of authoring a post on the go. With new software for an Android mobile phone we can update you on the fly. This is a great improvement over the previous mobile posting technique. The image in the post was taken on Loop Drive of a Advanced Treatment System. This ATS was installed in Neotsu last week to replace an undersized septic associated with a remodel.


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Straight Talk

The septic revitalization program has brought many issues to light.  Many opinions have been expressed on this and related topics.  We have been accused of spreading misconceptions; this is not our goal and when possible we try to set the record straight.  There is a vibrant discussion occurring between residents all around the lake.  Some statements that have been made may warrant further investigation.  Clearly, it is important that the most accurate information will be used to solve the issue.

We are trying a new segment on this website entitled “Straight Talk” which represents our best effort to clear up statements we may have made or those made by others that could result in misunderstandings.  These articles are genuine attempts to get the facts correct by thoroughly researching the issue.  Despite our best efforts, there still is a potential that additional information exists that could further clarify an issue. We remind the reader that this is a two way medium and encourage you to comment or email any additional information or corrections that may be required create a more accurate view of the topic.

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