Marine Board Rejects Salmon River Petition

On October 22nd the Oregon Marine Board voted 4 to 1 to denied a petition to prohibit personal watercraft (PWC) operation on the Salmon River in Lincoln County. The Marine Board cited the overwhelming public support for the current rules coupled with the results of their investigation in to the petitions complaints as the reason for the decision to take no future action.

The Oregon State Marine Board received a petition in August to amend the personal watercraft rules, and adopt a local restriction in the Salmon River Estuary to prohibit personal watercraft use. The Marine Board defines personal watercraft as a motorboat less than 16 feet, powered by a water jet pump, generally operated by a person sitting, standing, or kneeling on, rather than in sitting inside.

The Marine Board held a hearing in September and listened to the comments of a packed Community Center meeting room with approximately 74 in attendance.  As reported by the Newsguard, “the majority of the crowd strongly opposed the petition while a handful were in favor.”

The comments in support of the petition cited safety concerns because of the small size of the waterway, claims that PWCs violate the existing operating rules (proximity to swimmers and non-motorized), complaints about the loud noise that PWC engines make, and general comments that the noise and speed of PWCs conflict with the purpose of the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area.

The comments in opposition to the petition generally citied the lack of a conflict between PWCs and other boats, a desire to keep the waterway open to all boats/users and the contention that PWCs have no more impact on the environment than any other boat. Additionally, opponents to the petition raised concerns that the reasoning behind the petition could lead to a prohibition on all motorboats.

Several PWC operators submitted comments in which they said they used the Knight Park boat ramp and Salmon River only for the purpose of accessing the ocean (less than 1 mile from boat ramp to mouth). The American Watercraft Association commented that the petition unfairly targeted PWCs when some of the arguments of the petition could apply to all motorized watercraft, and that non-motorized watercraft are not required to take safety education courses, whereas PWC operators are required to have a boater education card.

Many of the petitioners’ written complaints describe alleged violations of proximity and speed by PWC boaters. According to the Marine Board incidences of this nature may occur, however law enforcement patrols on the Salmon River have significantly increased in the past two years and this type of activity is not documented by cited violations.

You can read the petition here and review the staff report here.

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Newport Coast Guard Open Until Jan 2016

coast-guard-heloWASHINGTON, D.C. – Following their repeated calls to ensure the safety of residents in coastal areas, Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici announced December 10th that the Congress has passed legislation that will keep the U.S. Coast Guard’s air facility at Newport open through the coming year.

The Oregon lawmakers worked to include language in the Coast Guard reauthorization bill that would keep the Coast Guard’s air stations open through January 1, 2016—including the Newport facility.

In a letter last month, the Oregon lawmakers, along with South Carolina Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C. and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Representatives Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Tom Rice, R-S.C., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., urged the Department of Homeland Security to reverse the Coast Guard’s decision. This letter came on the heels of a letter that Oregon lawmakers sent to the Commandant of the Coast Guard urging him to keep the helicopter in Newport.

While the Coast Guard claims that it would still be able to meet the national standard of a two-hour search-and-rescue response time, local fishermen and Central Coast residents who depend on the rescue helicopters say first-hand experience shows that closure of the base will lengthen response times and threaten the safety of local mariners.

Newport houses National Oceanic and Atmospheric vessels and Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleet, in addition to research vessels from Oregon State University. In response to repeated calls from Oregon lawmakers, the Coast Guard announced it would delay the December 1 closure of the Newport facility. (Source: Senator Jeff Merkley Press Release Dec.10, 2014)

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Hawker Honored as Retiring City Manager

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Lincoln City City Manager David Hawker was recognized by the Lincoln City city council for his 15 years of city service and his retirement effective Dec. 31. The council recognized Hawker and presented him with a certificate for his time with the city. The councilors shared praises for Mr Hawker for his ability to lead the city. Hawker also announced that he hoped to have a contract offer for one of the four city manager finalists by the Dec. 22 council meeting. (Photo: The News Guard)

The Lincoln City City Council  approved a contract during its regular public session Monday, Dec. 22 to hire Ronald Chandler as the new Lincoln City City Manager. Chandler will take office Jan. 20.



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DLNA Comment at DLWID Meeting

During the October 2nd DLWID Board meeting the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association was represented by Mitchell Moore and Mark Christie. The goal of our testimony was to let the District know that there are several areas where the neighbors and the District agree. We feel that relations could improve if we could find a project or two that we could work together.The following are the comments made by each DLNA representative.

Comments of Mitchell Moore.

In February we introduced you to the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association. There are several members of the DLNA here tonight. I am happy to report that since that time the Association has held several well attended public meetings in the Driftwood Library as well as at Faith Baptist Church. The great news is we are growing at a rapid rate and have received membership declarations from hundreds of residents in the neighborhood. In our meetings a consistent theme is the expression by our membership of genuine concern for the lake and a willingness to help.

I have been before you on several occasions this year to discuss how residents of the neighborhood are supportive of the majority of the projects contained in the Devils Lake Plan. While we have offered our help on several occasions we have never been contacted by the District or this Board of Directors. I am here again tonight to offer the assistance of the Neighborhood Association.

The SOS program is an example of our offer to help the District achieve their goals
During last months meeting the board engaged in quite a discussion about the SOS program even considering raising the potential award to $1,500 to encourage participation. We have a list of several homeowners who wish to make shoreline improvements to their property. Our research indicates that there are a variety of issues that have prevented the initiation of these projects.
We would propose a the district consider a few modifications to SOS that that might be more acceptable to a broader base of lakefront owners. We would suggest that Ava schedule a lakeside meeting with a few of these interested parties to learn firsthand about some of the obstacles or roadblocks for the program. The DLNA will be happy to organize these meetings.

The rhetoric and relationships between the district and the community has been strained for the past several years. We created the DLNA in the hopes it could relieve some of the pressure that exists.Recently the DLNA appeared before the City Council to help define the process of creating neighborhood associations in Lincoln City. In that meeting the DLWID Chair spoke against the members of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association, were not entirely sure why. Our response is come before you again and stress that we want to create a cooperative environment that is beneficial for the neighborhood and the lake.

Tonight we have offered a new path, one that directly engages the public in the mission of the District. We are recommending that the DLWID board and the DLNA board come together in a workshop to engage in a two way dialogue about ways we can move forward as a team, and not adversaries. You may contact me directly to schedule this important meeting.

Thank You for your time, we look forward to a productive meeting.

Comments of Mark Christie

My message tonight is similar to that you heard from Mitch, we want you to know that there are many areas that we are willing to help. Here are a few more examples.

In the past 18 months the district has focused a lot of attention toward the potential of extending sewer service around the lake. The members of DLNA are generally supportive of exploring the idea of expanding sewers around the lake. In fact I have yet to hear anyone speak out against such a project. We must all recognize that this is a complex issue that involves detailed engineering, private right-of-ways, extensive underground construction, taxation and eventual annexation. In the spirit of improving the chances of a positive outcome we feel a DLNA representative should be at the table as this idea moves forward. Within our membership we have individuals that have decades of experience in right-of-way acquisition, utility construction and operation, and residential and commercial development that are willing to lend their expertise.

Six years ago the district established septic inspections at the number one priority for the lake. Unfortunately to date there have been zero inspections performed as a result of this program. Indeed as of today, this program has been put aside in deference to the potential of sewers. This is a program that has been universally supported in the neighborhood. It has languished because the district has made “perfect” the enemy of good! with standards and expectations that are difficult to obtain. The DLNA has developed a voluntary septic inspection program designed on the DEQ Septic Smart program as well as the DEQ inspection guidelines
The Lincoln County Onsite Waste Management Division has agreed to participated in the record keeping portion of this voluntary program. Our program has been introduced to the real estate community throughout Lincoln County. We have requested their cooperation particularly encouraging pre-listing testing of existing septics on and around the lake. We would propose the voluntary septic inspection process be adopted by the DLWID for homes outside the City and with the UGB to begin in January of 2015. The District should continue to work with the City of Lincoln City to establish a inspection program within the City based on the same DEQ inspection guidelines.

The neighborhood is thrilled that the board responded to input supplied at a public workshop on lake level and began investigating aeration for the lake. I can declare that the DLNA is 100% supportive of the RFP for aeration based on receipt of a minimum of 3 qualified bidders. We would suggest that each bidder be invited to a public Board workshop and interview process for possible adoption. Indeed to help expedite this interesting project the DLNA engaged a lake contractor this summer to collect data related to the material at the bottom of the lake from a series of core samples. These samples have been chemically analyzed and our data could be shared with the final candidates to help them better forecast the results of their proposed solution. As with sewering we must recognize that this is also a complex issue that involves detailed engineering, and very likely private right-of-ways.
We have shown that we are committed to moving this process forward would like to offer a DLNA representative to participate in the project and act as a conduit to property owners, whose land will very likely be required for siting of air compressors, power lines and air houses around the lake.

As you can see there are many areas where we can work together. This could best be initiated by the workshop previously requested, one where the DLWID board and the DLNA board discuss ways we can move forward as a team for the good of the lake and the neighborhood that surrounds it.

Thank You for your time.


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Attend The October DLWID Meeting

Board Meets October 2nd, 2014 6:00pm

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District Board meeting will be held on Thursday October 2nd at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor of City Hall. 

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District now holds its regularly scheduled Board meetings on the second Thursday of every month.  The agenda for this month’s meeting on Thursday March 14th at 6:00pm, contains several important topics.

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. You may also now watch the meeting streamed lived, see the related article above. The best way to stay informed is for all lakefront homeowners and interested parties to attend these important meetings.


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Minutes Sept 11

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Hydro’s Come Back To Devils Lake

October 4th and 5th

Members of the Columbia Outboard Racing Association will make another attempt at setting world record times in the 2014 Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos and John Meyers Memorial Quarter Mile, Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th.  The race course is set up in a straight line from East Devils Lake State Park to Sand Point; a total length of one “Kilo” or kilometer (5/8 mile) as well as a second course equal to one quarter mile.  In these events each driver competes against the clock, and gets six runs, three in each direction.  The final speed is the average of two consecutive runs in opposite directions. The driver can take all of his runs at one time or delay the balance after one run waiting for better conditions. The Rockey Stone Memorial Kilos began in the 1950’s and have run annually as an American Power Boat Association sanctioned event. All involved are hoping for better weather for day two.  Please take a look at our photo gallery of previous years events.

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Attend DLNA General Meeting


We have scheduled a General Meeting of the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association (DLNA) which will be held at 3:00pm, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at the Faith Baptist Church located at 5750 N Hwy 101, Otis, OR 97368.

Come join us and your neighbors for the following purposes:

A brief presentation on the formation of the DLNA.

  1. Open forum to allow neighbors to set the agenda for the DLNA.
  2. Draft a list of goals for 2015
  3. Consider November and May elections
  4. Discuss recognition by the City of Lincoln City
  5. Collect Membership Declarations
  6. Mix it up with your neighbors

Please mark your calendar and attend this important meeting. It is a great chance to meet your neighbors and shape the neighborhood’s future. Check our website at for more details.

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Garage Sale Fundraiser


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September 18, 2014 · 9:56 pm

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

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 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
Devils Lake Neighborhood Association
(503) 381-4818


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Lake Level Update

We would like to thank the DLWID Board for their attempts to preserve our water right by raising the lake to the full impoundment level of 9.53’ during the month of July.  Mother Nature did not however cooperate and the lake never exceeded 9.4’ during the month. Now that we have reached August the lake has been lowered to 9.0’ as per the most recent DLWID resolution on the matter.  Discussion by the Board in the July meeting indicated that the drop to 9.0’ satisfies the draw down requirement for August and therefore can remain until September 1st when we will need to drop another 2 inches.

The current policy has been a great success as it has virtually eliminated the access problems that existed in the previous two seasons.  Residents report unfettered access to their docks and visitors have had no difficulty at area boat launches.  Water quality is greatly improved over the past two seasons as in 2013 we had large patches of algal scum covering the lake as early as Fathers Day; this year scum has yet to surface.  Interestingly water contact advisories were posted in the same week each year based on Microcystin levels.  With the drop in level the algae has concentrated in number as the same number of cells now is suspended in a smaller volume of water.

So today the lake is far from pristine; we have a great deal of algae in the water column but we are light years ahead of the past two seasons.  Unfortunately the algae has begun to surface; but we all have enjoyed July and hope for an August primarily free of scum. We have reasonable access to shallower areas and the canals still are covering the lake bottom. These conditions are greatly appreciated so thanks again DLWID Board.

Recent History of Lake Level Decisions

Around 140 interested parties attended the Devils Lake Water Improvement Association Board meeting in April.  Included in the mix was Mayor Dick Anderson and most of the Lincoln City Council members.  Lake condition and lake level dominated the discussion with nearly 40 testifying during the night.  In the end there were no decisions made by the DLWID board other than to begin the water quality testing for the year as requested by the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association in the March meeting.

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