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Fireworks Fundraiser

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We recently announced the Third Annual Devils Lake Neighborhood Association Fireworks display scheduled Sunday July 3rd.  We still have a long way to go to fund this year’s display and to that end we would like to invite you to join us on the lake this holiday weekend.

The DLNA Fireworks Barge will be parked in front of Steve Brown’s House just east of Regatta Park.  This year one side will be attached to land in Steve’s backyard so you may come by land or by sea.

Fireworks Fundraiser
Sunday May 29, 2016
11:00am to 3:00pm

Hot Dogs, Chips and Dip will be offered while you visit with your neighbors.  Come on down and help us raise the funds required for this year’s show. Remember you can still stop by even if you don’t have a boat in the water. Steve’s  address is 1510 NE LAKE DR, Lincoln City OR 97367.

We are gathering donations for this spectacular fireworks show you can contact Max Hanson at with your interest in donating at the sponsor level, or follow this donation link or the button in the sidebar to contribute any other amount for this wonderful show.

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Hello Again

Its been awhile since we’ve written and a lot has happened over the winter.  We’ve been busy working behind the scenes attending the Devils Lake Water Improvement District meetings and following the City of Lincoln City.  The District has been busy on several projects that will impact you.  It’s time to bring you up to speed, with the top stories of interest.  Feel free to contact us for more information.

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DLWID Board Sets New Direction

ChangeAheadThe Devils Lake Water Improvement District vote 3-2 Thursday, March 10th to take the District in a new direction by terminating their contract with Lake Manager Paul Robertson.

Members of the Board said the dismissal was a tough decision. Kent Norris board chair stated that the District needed a new manager to promote and manage the projects recently approved which are designed to clean up Devils Lake.

Additionally, the Board passed a resolution temporally placing the reigns of the District in the board chairs hands. Since then, Tina French and Kent Norris have been handling the agency’s business affairs. Perhaps this most pressing near term task will be the creation of the 2016-2017 budget due by June 1st.

Additional steps include working with Dr Horne on the recently approved contract moving forward with the first steps of the aeration project aimed at eliminating toxic algae blooms that threaten the lake’s recreation and health.

The vote to dismiss the lake manager came after an executive meeting was held the day before where directors met with Robertson to review his job performance and discuss renewing his contract. Robertson stated that he was aware of what awaited him prior to the March board meeting.

Robertson, was hired as lake manager in 2005. During his tenure, there have been many debates over placement of SolarBees, lake levels, replacement of grass carp, recently peaking in the plan to remove the summer impoundment structure.

A workshop was held Monday, March 14, to talk about hiring a new manager; about 25 people attended. Bill Anderson of the Special Districts Association of Oregon described the public hiring process and explained that as members of the SDA the DLIWD board is welcome to his organization’s assistance.

Citizens who attended the meeting participated in the process of identifying the qualities and skills they want in a manager. They also suggested where it could be appropriate to contract for some tasks including accounting, annual placement of the dam and lakeside kiosks, board recording and minutes, website maintenance and more.

The Newport NewsTimes reported one attendees comments, “Everybody was very respectful ,” said Ross Smith, Jr., a resident who expected “fireworks” to erupt over Robertson’s dismissal. “They all seemed focused on moving forward. At the end, everybody applauded.”

In conclusion, it appears that the Board is organized and prepared to keep the business of the District moving forward. They appear to to have a strong desire to keep the public involved in the process and have assured us that good things are in store for Devils Lake.

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Fireworks Display Fundraising Begins

San_Diego_FireworksAnnouncing the Third Annual Devils Lake Neighborhood Association Fireworks display.

Fireworks Display
Date: Sunday July 3rd
Time: 9:30 PM

The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association is proud to announce the Third Annual DLNA fireworks display. The Association is working with Western Fireworks who will come to Devils Lake just prior to the Fort Vancouver fireworks display on the 4th.  Our show will kick off the holiday weekend and be held on Sunday July 3rd beginning at 9:30pm last 20-30 minutes and include some very special displays.

This spectacular show will be launched off a barge centrally located on the lake near Brown Bear Park, and will be clearly visible from D River Wayside, Regatta Park and Sand Point Park.

We are gathering donations for this spectacular fireworks show and are looking for Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. (Gold $1,000, Silver $500, Bronze $250)  Please contact Max Hanson at with your interest in donating at the sponsor level, or follow this donation link or the button in the sidebar to contribute any other amount for this wonderful show.

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Good Old Fashion Barn Raising

We’re Looking For A Few Volunteers


If you have been following the lake you may be aware that the Lincoln City Cultural Center and the City Parks Department have been working toward the construction of the Regatta Grounds Stage, which will be a new venue for outdoor performances at Lincoln City’s Regatta Grounds Park.

To date a concrete base has been laid for the Regatta Grounds Stage, the concrete work was done by Ray Clarke, who has donated much of the labor, materials, tint and decorative surface work for the project. Engineering design work was contributed by E. Cole Olsen. The lumber has been ordered and paid for, and Jim Whisler, from Whisler Construction, has volunteered to handle the final construction, weather and schedule permitting.

The success of this project is tied to the spirit of volunteerism that exists in our community. The Devils Lake Neighborhood Association would like to join the team that takes this project to completion. We are putting out the call to neighbors who may want to help with this great project this spring. If you have construction skills, can swing a hammer or can provide general labor we need your help. If you are interested in bringing this great neighborhood resource to completion, please contact Mitchell Moore at 503-381-4818 or

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DLWID Solicits Committee Members


The Devils Lake Water Improvement District recently created several committees with the express goal of soliciting citizens involvement in the Districts most important functions. At DLNA we support this new direction. We are asking our neighbors to embrace the concept and participate. Please read through this article to determine where you can help. Follow the links to the application and return it to the District at Summaries of each committee are also provided below.

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Sewer Committee
7 Members (Property Owners, Electors, and At-Large positions)


  1. Reviewing legal options and requirements for extension of sewer around Devils Lake;
  2. Providing information relevant to the extension of sewer around Devils Lake to stakeholders and seeking relevant input from stakeholders;
  3. Determining the level of stakeholder support for extension of sewer around Devils Lake; and
  4. Reporting its findings to the DLWID Board of Directors.

Events & Communication Committee
7 Members (Property Owners, Electors, and At-Large positions)


  1. Providing advice in the formulation of communications and information policy, positions, and proposals;
  2. Identifying opportunities for new events, promoting events and engaging the community stakeholders to support the events around the lake;
  3. Ensure all local events are listed in the community calendars;
  4. Draft communications for consideration by the Board; and
  5. Reporting its findings to the DLWID Board of Directors.

Septic Inspection Committee
5 Members (Property owners and/or elector positions)


  1. Developing a Voluntary Septic Inspection around Devils Lake;
  2. Providing information relevant to the Voluntary Septic Inspection around Devils Lake to stakeholders and seeking relevant input from stakeholders;
  3. Determining the level of stakeholder support for Voluntary Septic Inspection around Devils Lake; and
  4. Reporting its findings to the DLWID Board of Directors.

Save our Shoreline and Water Monitoring Committee
7 Members – (Property Owners, Electors, and At-Large positions)


  1. Promoting the establishment of increased shoreline vegetation through the public’s utilization of the District’s SOS Funding Program;
  2. The collection, testing, and monitoring of lake water quality during the lake’s highest recreational use period; and
  3. Reporting its’ findings to the DLWID Board of Directors.
    Examples of duties included but not limited to:

    • Advise the Board on matters related to the granting of funds available through the Districts Save our Shoreline Program.
    • Promote, recommend, and review plans by lake property owners to improve their waterfront footprint.
    • Collect and test water samples for water quality monitoring.
    • Help host and maintain water quality signs around the lake.
    • Collect data on lake temperature and water level.

SOLV  lake cleanup, aeration, special projects, dredging, water level
5 Members (Property owners and/or elector positions)


  1. Develop or coordinate with SOLV a Voluntary Annual Lake Clean-up around Devils Lake;
  2. Providing information and communication relevant to the Aeration Project, D River Dredging and water level around Devils Lake to stakeholders and seeking relevant input from stakeholders;
  3. Voluntary committee will bring forward to the DLWID Board of Directors any Special Projects that it determines should be discussed by the DLWID Board for consideration also level of stakeholder support for the items; and reporting its findings to the DLWID Board of Directors.

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Mystery Wine Auction

Kozzi-red_wine_and_grapes-3264x4896-200x300We have had a very busy year on the lake running a successful political campaign which changed the dynamics of the Devils Lake Water Improvement District.  We also won our lawsuit against the District saving our irreplaceable water right for generations to come.  These victories came at quite a cost and we still need to raise $8,000 to cover the final legal costs. Help us balance our accounts and participate in our fun Wine Auction Extravaganza.

Visit with your Devils Lake neighbors while enjoying beer, wine and hearty hors d’oeuvre. During the evening will you will be offered a chance to bid on mystery bottles of wine plus participate in our silent auction.  Best of all you can enjoy great conversations with your friends and neighbors both old an new.

Contact Dana Moore at 971 235-5668 or to reserve your tickets. Event will be limited to 60 guests.

October 17, 2015
7p.m. Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres
8p.m. Auction Begins

2941 NE Loop Dr
Otis, OR

Tickets $75 per person (plus one bottle of wine donated per couple)

Additional Donations

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What is Nextdoor?

The DLNA has been working hard at bringing you our neighbors important information. We have done this primarily by publishing articles on our website the Devils Lake Navigator, by forwarding you informative emails, by posting on facebook and by scheduling neighborhood meetings. These methods are somewhat limited with the exception of our meetings, as they do not permit much interaction between neighbors.  With the goal of increasing neighbor to neighbor communication we have invited you to participate in a three year old service called Nextdoor.

Nextdoor is a private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and we hop make all of your lives better in the real world. As of this writing 78 neighbors in our neighborhood and 175 in nearby neighborhood are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.

People are using Nextdoor to:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in
  • Get the latest on the weather when your not there
  • Updates on accidents, power outages, emergencies
  • Organize a Neighborhood Interest Group
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Announce an event that others may be interested in
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name

Give it a Spin

We recommend that you take a few moments to take a tour of Nextdoor. Then you should be able to browse through the site.  Take a look at the newsfeed and look at nearby neighborhoods to see how they are using the site.  There are five neighborhoods in Lincoln City using the site, Devils Lake, Roads End, Highland Estates, Wecoma Beach, and Harbor Fleet.  Remember we’re just getting started so let’s give it some time.

Too much email?

In the beginning we have all received a number of emails as new neighbors join the site.  We have now settled into earily use of the system.  We what you to know you have the ability to control the way you are notified by Nextdoor.  Use the instructions below control the number and frequency of email you receive.  Got a smartphone you can turn email off all together and use the Nextdoor iPhone or Android app to stay in touch.

Nextdoor gives you granular control over your email settings, so you can choose the types of posts you want to be notified about, and how often you receive those email notifications. For each type of notification Nextdoor sends, you can choose whether you’d like immediate updates (recommended for activity within your neighborhood), a daily digest email (recommended for activity from your nearby neighborhoods), or no email.

​To access your email settings on a web browser:
Sign into your Nextdoor account.

  1. Click your name in the top right corner of the page.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select your desired email notification settings:
    • Selecting Immediate Updatesmeans that you’ll receive an email as soon as that type of message is posted by one of your neighbors. You’ll receive an email for every individual post.
    • Selecting Daily Digestmeans that you’ll receive all messages and Nextdoor activity in a single summary email.
    • ClickingNo email means that you won’t receive an email about that type of activity — you’ll have to visit the website or the app to read messages from your neighbors.

Any change you make to your email settings will update automatically. After you change an email preference, you will see a yellow bar at the top of the page that says “Your settings have been updated.”

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Sixth Annual Potluck on the Point

2014-08-02 19.40.53Please join us Saturday August 1st at 6:00 pm for our Sixth Annual Potluck on the Point.  Last year was a great success with over seventy residents of Devils Lake in attendance. Come share some great food and fun with your lakeside neighbors.  The get together will be hosted by Mitch and Dana Moore at 2929 NE Loop Drive on Sand Point.

Plan to bring your favorite dish, appetizer, main dish or casserole and join us, with your neighbor and friends for an afternoon of fun. Be sure to mark your calendar today!

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DLNA Sues Water District

On April 9th, 2015, the DLWID Board voted 4-1 to abandon one third of the volume (147 million gallons) and 2 months of the duration of the District’s valuable water right. The Board also voted 4-1 to begin the permitting process for the removal of the D-River dam that is used to exercise that water right. In response to this action the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association filed a Petition for Judicial Review and Complaint for Breach of Fiduciary Duty in Lincoln County court.  The goal of this action was to reverse the board’s action and we are very pleased that we were able to reach a settlement, with DLWID that accomplished our goal. The lawsuit has now been dismissed and our water right has been preserved.  While necessary to protect your interest, this legal action was also expensive with costs in excess of $20,000 which we are currently seeking donations.  You can help by clicking the donate button or mailing a check to DLNA, 2941 NE Loop Drive, Otis, OR 97368

The details of the lawsuit were as follows.

The case was titled, Devils Lake Neighborhood Association & Mitchell Moore vs Devils Lake Water Improvement District, Kip Ward, Randy Weldon, Brian Green, Kent Norris etal which was filed May 13, 2015 as Case 15CV12185.

The case existed because of the actions of the DLWID Board on April 9, 2015, specifically their Board Resolution  (Return of Water Right) which read,

“I move that we modify all of our existing water rights and water right certificates and permits so that we are. . . ah . . . entitled to impound to an elevation of 9.0 feet above mean sea level which . . . I. . . ah . . . equates to approximately 998.5 acre feet of storage and impounding water no earlier than June first, and then only if the lake level is below 9.0 msl on June first, otherwise to begin  impoundment by June fifteenth, and impounding water only through October fifteenth at the latest with accommodation of water drawdown in August and September as required by the . . . uh . . . water rights.”

In the lawsuit the DLNA and Mitchell Moore seek the judicial examination and judgment of the court as to the regularity and legality of the District’s actions and to declare one or more of the following. That,

  1. The District failed to publish proper notice of its intent to voluntarily abandon is water rights;
  2.  The District’s resolution to abandon its water rights is a part of its engineering plan as defined in ORS 552.013(4) as part of the continued plan to replace the impoundment structure and the District failed to give this 20 days’ notice as required by ORS 552.418(2).
  3. The District lacked the authority to pass the April 9, 2015 resolution to abandon its water rights;
  4.  The District breached its fiduciary duty to maintain the water rights of the District for the benefit of the Plaintiffs as District landowners; and
  5. The District’s April 9, 2015 resolution to abandon its water rights is void.

In an effort to resolve the lawsuit without going to the courtroom our strategy was to present a settlement proposal which we felt after the May election would be viewed favorably by the new Board of Directors.  This did occur in the May meeting when the DLWID Board passed the following resolution.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that:

  1. The motion made and passed on April 9, 2015 to modify the District’s water right Certificates 89980 and 69267 and Permit S-52672 is hereby rescinded and made null and void effective immediately;
  2.  The District has a facility capable of handling the entire rate and duty authorized under certificates 9980 and 69267 and Permit S-52672;
  3. The District is otherwise ready, willing, and able to make full use of the rights under Certificates 89980 and 69267 and Permit S-52672; and
  4. The District will transmit a copy of this signed resolution by certified mail, return receipt requested to the Oregon Water Resour

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